Pompano Beach: Attractions and Things To Do￼
From relaxing on the beach to fine dining and terrific shopping, Pompano Beach has it all. Centrally located between Palm Beach and Miami, Pompano Beach is often called “the Heart of the Gold Coast.”
The city is known for its excellent boating and fishing, accentuated by an offshore living coral reef accessible to scuba divers and snorkelers.
Anglers and families flock to the 1,000-foot-long municipal fishing pier, beachside playgrounds, grills and picnic tables.
Pompano Beach also maintains more than 50 local parks for sports enthusiasts or those who have a penchant for outdoor relaxation. Local attractions and shopping in Pompano Beach provide myriad entertainment options.
Annual special events include a holiday boat parade in December, seafood festival in April, and a fishing rodeo in May.
When you arrive to Pompano Beach, you will not expect to find a place with such a small town feeling so near to Fort Lauderdale. Quickly, you will discover that Pompano Beach had the virtues of a vintage South Florida beach town, right smack in the middle of a big metropolitan area.
At its founding on July 3, 1908, Pompano Beach was a sleepy stop along the Florida East Coast Railway and, later, U.S. 1. It was the sort of place where everyone knew everyone else. “Most people had a passing acquaintance inside the town and even went to the same school,” says Dan Hobby, director of the Pompano Beach Historical Society.
It grew up as a farming community, a bit of Pompano Beach history that my adopted town celebrates each weekend, October through April, with the Pompano Beach Saturday Green Market. The market is not just for baked goods and other foods; vendors sell art, books and historical images, all under the banner of the market’s green pepper logo. The farmers’ market was created by the historical society; each fall the group inaugurates the new farming season by cutting a ceremonial green ribbon of green peppers in honor of this local favorite vegetable.
Pompano grew in size and in 1947 became the city of Pompano Beach. Growth came quickly through an influx of new residents, Northern tourists in search of beaches and transplanted companies including boatmaker Chris-Craft, which for a time made its luxury boats here. It was the hometown of the late Esther Rolle, who played the groundbreaking sitcom character Florida Evans on the CBS TV shows “Good Times” and “Maude.”
In Pompano Beach, history is very much apparent in the present. Since 1928, the notable pecky cypress paneling, captain chairs and wooden booths of Cap’s Place Island Restaurant have attracted boaters along the Intracoastal Waterway. Cap’s Place was once a rum-runner’s casino den, reachable only by launch and situated on a mangrove island.
Today, you still have to take a boat, whether your own or the restaurant’s motor launch. The restaurant’s Old Florida charm extends to the food, with dishes like jumbo lump crab cakes and cobia. It’s Broward County’s oldest restaurant. And it is still run by the founding Hasis family and claims Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Meyer Lansky, Al Capone and Mariah Carey as guests.
But Pompano’s restaurant scene isn’t just about nostalgia. The award-winning Darrel & Oliver’s Café Maxx has served up Florida regional gourmet cuisine for two decades. Co-owners Darrel Broek and Oliver Saucy (yes, he’s the chef, and that’s his real name) have won umpteen awards for their East Atlantic Boulevard restaurant. The Calypso Restaurant offers Caribbean fare, including Jamaican Jerk chicken.
Other locals’ favorites include Chez Porky’s BBQ; Jack’s Old Fashion Hamburger House (freshly ground hamburgers served up in a restaurant that started life in 1973) and Galuppi’s. Galuppi’s, situated on the golf green of the Pines Course of the municipal Pompano Beach Golf Course, offers American dining with a country club feel, but without the membership dues.
The waterfront Riverside Grille on North Riverside Drive, owned by Joe and Erica Cascio, offers up great seafood in a nautical setting. Like the rest of Pompano, the authentic Atlantic vibe is omnipresent at Joe’s, which hosts U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary meetings.
Quite a Moving History
The Pompano Beach Historical Society offers periodic walking tours of Old Pompano’s historic area, spread over a lush neighborhood of palm trees and green grass east of Dixie Highway and north of Atlantic Boulevard. Styles of homes on the walking tour include art deco, moderne, mission, bungalow, frame vernacular, gothic revival and Mediterranean revival.
On the tour, The Bailey-Saxon House, located on Fourth Street, is a bright pink mission revival-style house. The Cap Campbell House, also on Fourth Avenue, is notable for its Dade County rot- and termite-resistant pine. This house made the trip to its current spot in the 1920s, rolled on logs, from its original location near the railroad tracks.
Moving houses is a bit of a theme here. A highlight of the walking tour is the Sample-McDougald House, built in 1916 in the Georgian revival style by an early pioneer, Albert Neal Sample. Sample is remembered in the community for Sample Road, a namesake artery that runs from the Intracoastal to the Everglades. Such was the local affection for the house, its owners and its virgin cypress construction that in 2001, a newly organized Sample-McDougald Preservation Society paraded it down Dixie Highway to its new location at 450 N.E. 10th St.
Cottages by the Ocean (954-283-1111, www.4rentbythebeach.com) offers restored 1940s Key West-style studio cottages available for short-term rentals. The high-rise Residence Inn by Marriott offers a spa and a kids’ program (954-590-1000, www.residenceinnonthebeach.com). Other accommodations include the family-run Beachcomber Resort and Villas (1200 S. Ocean Blvd., www.beachcomberresort.com) and the nostalgic Croton Arms Resort Apartments
When Can You Sue For Getting Cancer?
Being diagnosed with cancer can be devastating and affect anyone at any age. Several factors, such as genetics and lifestyle, can cause it. However, cancer can also be caused by the negligence of others. In such an instance, you can sue the people responsible for causing your cancer and claim compensation for the diagnosis and any associated damages.
Determining when and who to sue for getting cancer can be a complex process. So, it’s a wise idea to hire a lawyer to get you through the process and get the compensation you deserve. The attorney can advise you on when, how, and whom to sue for getting cancer.
With that said, here’s when you can sue for getting cancer:
- Product Liability
You can sue for getting cancer from a defective product. For example, in one hair product cancer lawsuit, a claim was made that a hair straightening product was causing uterine cancer in women. The defects in the hair product increase the risk of developing uterine cancer for whoever uses it. If you think you’re in a similar situation, you can sue the manufacturers if a certain product increases your risk of developing cancer.
However, proving your case and claiming compensation can be challenging. In such a case, you must prove the defective product caused your cancer to sue the manufacturer or retailer. You’ll have to request tests on the products to prove the defect and the relationship to cancer development. The product defect has to have caused your cancer diagnosis directly. One example is when the product has excessive amounts of lead. You’ll need to hire experts or resort to government authorities to investigate the product to prove this. This way, you have a piece of solid evidence to sue the product manufacturer.
- Medical Negligence
Medical negligence is one of the most common reasons to sue for getting cancer. You could sue for medical malpractice if the doctors, healthcare facility, hospital, or other medical professionals failed to offer the standard of care causing your cancer diagnosis. For example, if the doctor failed to order necessary tests or misdiagnosed your case resulting in cancer progression, you can sue for medical negligence.
To successfully sue for medical negligence, you must prove that the medical practitioner’s actions directly caused your cancer diagnosis. You must also show that you suffered damage because of the negligent actions of the medical practitioner. By doing so, you can claim compensation for treatment of progressing cancer, lost wages if you cannot work, and pain and suffering.
- Environmental Factors
Exposure to environmental pollutants and toxins is a common risk factor for cancer. Prolonged exposure to asbestos at the workplace, radiation, and other chemicals can increase cancer risk. If you can prove your cancer was caused by exposure to a certain environmental toxin like asbestos, consider suing the company or entity responsible for the pollutants.
Suppose a company’s activities produce excessive radiation that affects the population in a specific area and results in cancer. In that case, you can sue that company for exposing you to toxins that caused the development of your cancer.
Like the previous points, you must prove your cancer was directly caused by a specific substance you were exposed to. You’ll also have to show that the exposure was from the negligence of the company or entity you’re suing. Another aspect you must consider is the entity’s knowledge of the potential risks of exposing people to the toxin or substance. Since you’ll also claim that the company or entity was negligent, expose their bad practices that contributed to the development of your cancer.
Additionally, working in a hazardous environment may expose you to substances or toxins that can increase your cancer risk. For instance, if you’re a construction worker with constant exposure to asbestos, you’ll be at risk of developing cancer. Working as a firefighter can also expose you to asbestos and other carcinogenic substances that cause cancer.
You can sue your employer for getting cancer while working in a hazardous environment. To be successful, you must prove the cancer was caused directly by exposure to a specific chemical or substance at the workplace or in the line of duty. For example, getting cancer from asbestos exposure at a construction site.
In such a suit, you’ll claim compensation for the medical expenses covering the diagnosis and treatment, lost wages, damages for the pain and suffering caused to you and your family, and other associated costs.
Conclusion Getting a cancer diagnosis because of someone else’s negligence can be traumatizing and devastating. However, you can get a little relief through compensation for the medical expenses and other related damages, such as pain and suffering. The process of suing for getting cancer can be complicated, and it’d be best to hire an experienced lawyer to handle the litigation process. An attorney can also advise on the available legal options available and the compensation to seek.
Khalil ur Rehman is a proud born and raised in Abbottabad. Khalil has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Yahoo News and The Verge. As a journalist for The Hear Up, Khalil covers climate and science news. [email protected]