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Pompano Beach: Attractions and Things To Do

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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.”

Canalside Casino

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. 

Accommodations

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 

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The ultra-absorbent polyurethane foam used to produce memory foam mattresses sometimes referred to as “synthetic viscoelastic foam,” provides pliable support that makes lying on one feel like lying on a cloud. Given that NASA developed memory foam for space shuttles, that is logical. Customers have gushed about the wonderful comfort these beds offer since memory foam entered the mattress market.

Maintaining the quality of the best memory foam mattresses you have purchased became essential over time. At the end of this post, you will grasp the tips on how to maintain the comfort and durability of your memory foam mattress. read in advance;

1. Ensure Your Mattress Is Safe

Innovative mattress protectors. A mattress protector should fit snugly, like a fitted sheet, to prevent spills and stains. Encasement protectors, which cover all six sides and have a zipper, are also available (including the bottom). Sleepers with allergies or bedbugs can utilize the best mattress encasement protectors. Whether you eat in bed or not, a mattress cover is vital to protect your mattress from bodily fluids, skin flakes, spilled food, and drinks.

2. Lay A Firm Foundation

Having a base isn’t required for a memory foam mattress to operate well, but it will raise your bed to the right height. If you use memory foam mattresses, your base must be solid, level, and gap-free. Slats on a slatted base should be no more than 2.75 inches apart to prevent uneven mattress wear. If the slats are too far apart, you’ll need to buy extra or use a plywood board.

3. Prevent Pets And Children From Jumping

This counsel is direct. Pets who roam freely and lie on the bed stimulate the spread of germs, insects, and bacteria where you sleep. The perfect situation is when you meet a nice and cuddly bedmate. The worst-case situation is parasite eggs nearby about to hatch. It’s encouraged to ban youngsters under 8 from jumping on beds. Bouncing on the bed is not only hazardous, but it also damages the mattress. The memory foam is overworked by the quick up-and-down movements, which don’t prolong its life.

4. Rotate Your Mattress Regularly

It’s common if you’ve heard of this advice, but have you ever put it to use? Rotate your memory foam mattress 180 degrees every season, starting right away. This method is based on the idea that sleeping in the same spot on the mattress every night could be uncomfortable and lead to a concentration of wear and tear in that area. It should be noted that certain high-end made in the USA mattress producers make mattresses that don’t need to be turned.

5. Make Your Mattress Clean

Your memory foam mattress may be protected against sweat, dust mites, and other allergies by vacuuming it at least twice a year. Start by sprinkling baking soda on your stripped mattress since the longer it remains there, the better. A few drops of essential oil are an optional addition. At some point, take out the vacuum and completely remove the baking soda using the upholstery attachment. The tufts, seams, and areas between the mattress and foundation are known to be dust mite havens.

6. Do Not Make Your Bed

You did indeed read that correctly. While it might appear illegal to put off making your bed, it is not recommended. Delaying making the bed gives your memory foam mattress and linens time to breathe, giving any moisture that may have accumulated throughout the night a chance to evaporate.

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