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September 30, 2014

Be Warned: Beach Roads dedicated to Dunn's Run Morning of October 5

Best time to go to the beach on Sunday? Some time after noon.
That's because from 4 a.m. until noon much of the beach area of Deerfield Beach will be closed to anyone without running shoes and a number.

It's the 18th Annual Dunn's Run to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County and it begins 7:30 a.m. October 5 in the Main Beach Parking Lot, 149 S.E. 21st Ave.

From 4 a.m. to noon the following roads are closed:

Federal Highway northbound, from Southeast Tenth Street to Hillsboro Boulevard;
Hillsboro Boulevard in both directions, between Federal Highway and A1A;
A1A and Ocean Way from Northeast Second Street to Southeast Ninth Street.

Sign up for the 5K or for the Five-Mile Run/walk. Billy the Marlin and Stanley C. Panther will be on hand to cheer runners on, and the post-race festivities include a bounce house and a paintable fire truck.

The entry fee is $35 or less depending on age. For information, or to register, see


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September 25, 2014

Film Producer Debuts Boutique Hotel on Deerfield's Blue Wave Beach

The wine cellar could serve as a metaphor for Royal Blues Hotel. It is comprised of between 1,500 and 1,800 bottles of craft wine, each of which comes with a pedigree.
"These wines are not made in great quantities," explains General Manager Maja Kilgore.Instead, they are selected from craft wineries to pair with plates of local ingredients that could double for art, where that title not already claimed by the original pieces displayed throughout the restaurant.
As for the business model behind a 12-room hotel occupying some of Deerfield Beach's priciest real estate, think ``a dedication to quality without regard to expense.'
Waterfalls discretely screen restaurant windows. A uniformed doorman answers the secured glass door.
Every room, from the $410 studio to the $1,100 per night suite, has a king-sized bed, teak paneling, Venetian plaster, \closet doors comprised of real leather, bowl-shapedVictoria-and-Albert tubs and basins, and a balcony looking out onto the sea .
Even the toilet commands respect."The lid closes at the touch of a button and it plays music," Kilgore explained, demonstrating, "and it lights up at night at the base so you can see it."
A single couple drinking wine inside was the only evidence that a soft opening was under way Monday, at Royal Blues Hotel, the first boutique hotel to open on the newly rebranded beach.

According to the hotel web site, it is owned by film and Broadway Producer Edward Walson, and hotel staff say that is reflected in the one-of-a-kind fish tank that serves as a floor to the pool deck and a vista for restaurant diners.
"Mr. Walson chose Deerfield Beach for its timeless qualities of 1960’s surf culture, low rise building landscape and its devotion to natural beauty," reports a story in Robb Report, which touts itself as "a publication dedicated to lifestyle and luxury." "
Hospitality web sites describe boutique hotels as, typically, small, luxurious, and offering a higher price point justified by a story that involves an authentic experience for guests --ranging from local food to seamless service, to locally relevant interiors and free experiences.
Royal Blues Hotel advertises itself as "adventure of Florida’s Gold Coast, an area of America steeped in rich cultural history and boasting local attractions like beautiful white sand beaches or the adjacent fishing pier."
It offers just 12 units, ranging in price from $410 to $1,100 per night, and it includes luxurious touches like a pool deck overlooking the ocean, a locked entrance with doorman, and original art in every guest room.
As for the story? Deerfield Beach couldn't look better.
"This quiet and comfortable town allows visitors to experience the beautiful beaches of South Florida without the chaos and crowds of Miami. Deerfield Beach is Blue Wave certified - awarded for excellent standards in clean water, safety, beach conditions, and turtle habitat conservation," it says. "....with world class fishing available at the nearby International Fishing Pier (designed by the same architect of Royal Blues)."
It is slated to open for business October 1. Reservations are being taken now.


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September 24, 2014

At last....

Florida Department of Transportation staff today installed a crossing signal at the spot where, for lack of one, 22-year-old Thetus Fleming was struck and killed in February of 2012, crossing the dark intersection near McDonald's on Hillsboro Boulevard.


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September 19, 2014

Saturday Service Set for Ada Graham-Johnson

Services are set for Saturday for Deerfield Beach City Clerk, Ada Graham-Johnson, who died September 12 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. The 51-year-old Deerfield Beach resident graduated Deerfield Beach High School and Barry University, before serving I the U.S. Army. Prior to being sworn in as city clerk in March 2001, Graham-Johnson worked for the cities of Boca Raton and Pompano Beach. She is survived by husband Christopher Johnson, and sons Chris and Daniel, as well as extended family. Services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday, at Cathedral Church of God, 365 Dixie Highway. For information, call the L.C. Poitier Funeral Home, 317 N.W. Sixth St. in Pompano Beach: 954-943-7050.


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September 16, 2014

History at High Noon Highlights Arboretum

History at High Noon,on the third Wednesday of every month at noon, in September features Jerry Behan of the Deerfield Beach Arboretum. Behan's talk, at noon on September 17th, at the city commissoin chambers in city hall, 150 N.E. Second Ave, will be about the city’s arboretum and its collection of native plants and trees. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call (954) 429-0378 or see the website for the Deerfield Beach Historical Society:


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