Beach Fun! Extreme Kayak Fishing Summer SLAM and Stand Up Paddle Race

By David Volz The Extreme Kayak Fishing Summer SLAM series and a Sunshine Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Series race took place in

Kickin’ It Country comes to Pompano Beach

By David Volz Pompano Beach Arts offered Kickin ‘It Country, a music festival, at the Pompano

Pompano Beach Ocean Rescue tries to save a sea turtle

By David Volz Pompano Beach Ocean Rescue received a call Tuesday afternoon from a boater that

U Can Ride offers horseback riding lessons and helps those with disabilities

  By David Volz Jennifer Gross loves horses and the opportunity to help others. As one

Health and Wellness Fair in Pompano Beach

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By David Volz

Pompano Beach offered its 2015 Health and Financial Wellness Fair. People who came could visit with various health providers and gain valuable information on personal finance. One could have tests for blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose.

“We are holding the event because we want to offer our employees and the community information about health and finance,” said Ed Beecher, risk manager for Pompano Beach. “We had more than 70 vendors here. We want to encourage proper nutrition and exercise. We want to promote health and financial wellness.”

Herve Corbel, a nurse practitioner was testing people’s glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol. If the tests revealed a problem, the individual would be encouraged to seek care for the issue. “We want people to live healthy lives,” said Corbel.

Nancy Charre, a fitness instructor encourages people to exercise and follow a proper nutrition plan.

Members of the Community Emergency Response Team were present and encouraging people to take a class to join the program. The team members help out in emergencies and provide support to the fire department.

An organization offering help in quitting smoking present. Kayle Bryant, a Pompano Beach fire inspector was available to educate people on fire safety.

There were presentations on how to prepare for retirement, nutritious cooking and saving money on water bills. There was a presentation on jazzercise.

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Pompano Beach sets tentative millage rate

By David Volz

There will an increase in this property taxes for Pompano Beach residents.

The total recommended millage rate for Pompano Beach in Fiscal year 2016 for both the EMS and General Fund will be 5.4865 an increase over last year’s 5.2470 millage rate. The total budget for the city will be $237,168,756 an increase by $13.16 million over last year’s budget of $224,002,522. Additional property taxes were needed to balance the budget. This is increase will generate around 10.5 percent more in property taxes for the City. It means about $5.7 million more for the City.

A property owner who is homesteaded with a home valued at $155.755, the average assessed valued of a single family home will pay $861.39. A property owner with a non-homesteaded property will pay property taxes of 903.26.

The operating budget increased to pay for increases in capital improvements and capital purchases. Some major new expenses include ten new city positions, a new fire engine and a new fire rescue truck. Everything else remained the same, according to Ernesto Reyes, assistant to the city manager for budget and strategic planning.

The next budget hearing will take place on September 14 at 5:15 p.m. in City Commission Chambers.