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.
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 lifeguard stand at Liberty Street arrived two weeks ago. Its twin sits several blocks to the south at Azalea Terrace. Soon they’ll be painted a spiffy blue and white, with yellow accents.
The new look may turn heads — but so will the price, some say.
But so far, the new towers are a hit with visitors.
Sylvie Lauzon, a snowbird from Canada who owns a condo in Pembroke Pines, marveled at the clean lines and modern look. But the price tag — $117,000 apiece for six first-aid stations and $90,000 apiece for 15 lifeguard towers — left her stunned.
“Are you friggin’ serious!” she said, her mouth agape. “Oh my God! That’s the price of a condo!” Lauzon asked if the new lifeguard stands come with air-conditioning.
“For that price, you’d think it would have AC,” she said, shaking her head.
The new towers have neither air-conditioning nor plumbing.
Like the towers they’re replacing, the pretty new stands with their Art Deco design will be on the beach for the next two decades or more.
That’s how Mayor Josh Levy sees it.
“We’re a world-class beach,” he said. “We don’t want flimsy off-the-shelf lifeguard stands. Even they would’ve cost over $1 million.”
The new towers will arrive in phases, with four more expected by the end of March. Another eight will be on the way by July. And the final eight will be settling into the sand by Dec. 31.
Nostalgic beachgoers who like the old towers will find them on the north and south ends of the beach.
Hollywood is keeping seven old lifeguard stands — two first-aid stations and five towers. But 21 others will be auctioned off, said Jorge Camejo, director of Hollywood’s redevelopment agency.
What kind of price will they fetch?
One has already been sold to the highest bidder for $40, Camejo said.
“I’m not sure if they wanted it for a tree fort or what,” he said, chuckling.
The good news, according to Camejo: Taxpayers won’t have to pay to have it hauled to the junkyard.
Susannah Bryan: Contact Reporter South Florida Sun Sentinel
March 4, 2019 | Hollywood
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 directly back to the board members.
Again I want to welcome Debra back and look forward to working with her to make HBBA a formidable presence in our community.
– Dan Serafini, President of the HBBA Board
Please renew your HBBA membership by January 15, 2019.
You can renew easily right here.
Or mail your check directly to the HBBA at1722 Sheridan Street #170 | Hollywood, FL 33020
Manatee Season runs from November 15th – March 31st.
So be careful and be on the look out for them.
If you see an injured or sick manatee:
Call FWC 888-404-3922
or you can download the county’s “I Spy a Manatee” App.
Publix, where shopping is a pleasure for boaters? Mayor teases a waterfront market
The only surprising thing about having a Publix supermarket on the water in South Florida, with a boat dock and outdoor cafe tables, is why didn’t they think of it sooner?
According to Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy, this scenario may be reality within two years.
Levy posted on his Facebook page on Thursday that the Florida grocery giant proposes to build a new store on the Intracoastal side of south Hollywood beach “on an empty parking lot just north of the Diplomat, across from Ocean Palms.”
Theoretically, the new three-story building would boast cafe tables on Ocean Drive in the 3100 block and a boat dock that would allow “boaters to pull up and buy groceries for their day on the water,” Levy said.
He called it a “great amenity for the beach and for Hollywood boaters!”
So far, the Lakeland-based chain is being mum. But according to the Sun Sentinel, plans for the waterfront Publix are expected to go before Hollywood’s Technical Advisory Committee for zoning review in December, followed by the Planning and Development Board for a recommendation to the Hollywood City Commission.
The city’s planning staff is focused on the potential store’s design, Levy said in his post. Boat docks are also not a certainty as some nearby condo residents may oppose their inclusion.
Still, if Levy is excited, so, too, seem to be some of the residents who posted more than 105 comments and shared his post more than 100 times as of Saturday morning.
“So cool the boat dock! I don’t have a boat, but it’s a nice touch for boaters,” read one comment.
“Can go from Holland Park to Publix to shop. Wow in my boat! Can’t Wait! That will definitely help during the season,” read another.
Numerous residents also called for Publix to incorporate “green infrastructure” to deal with issues such as flooding and sea rise. Some ideas included the addition of rain gardens and tree boxes to collect water.
“Our green building ordinance applies to new projects such as this,” Levy responded on his Facebook thread.
The electrical service to the City street lights along State Road A1A, between Balboa Street and Evans Street (approximately 9 blocks) are not working as of yesterday.
Evidently, the FPL transformer that feeds the A1A street lighting was inadvertently removed as part of an FPL project along State Road A1A. Additionally, all associated wiring from the transformer to the City street lights was also removed. Because there is no overhead feed or transformer, there is no electrical service to the City-owned street lights between Balboa Street and Evans Street along State Road A1A.
In discussions with FPL, they acknowledged the issue and problems they have created, and have agreed to have a transformer installed on an existing FPL pole, at the intersection of Franklin Street and A1A, where there is a City street light circuit and supporting infrastructure located. Once the transformer installation and any additional wiring has been completed, electrical service should be restored to the City street lights, and Public Works staff will be able to ensure the lighting system has been restored.
However, FPL has also advised that they have deployed significant resources to the Panhandle to assist with the aftermath/recovery from Hurricane Michael. Consequently, FPL advises they will not be able to install the transformer and restore the service until the end of next week. In speaking with Ben Wesley, External Affairs Manager for FPL, we have communicated to FPL the urgency for resolution to this situation to ensure the safety of our residents. Mr. Wesley understands the City’s concerns, and will attempt to repair the issue ASAP. Mr. Wesley also advised that he can be contacted via his email (Ben.Wesley@FPL.com), if needed.
Public Works will remain in close contact with FPL until this situation has been resolved.
Hollywood Beach made #8 on TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Beaches in the U.S. for 2018