Nicole Danna, New Times –
In the past year, Pompano Beach has become a place of interest in South Florida. Some say it could even become one of the area’s next seaside vacation destinations thanks to Pompano Beach Fishing Village, which will include two new custom-built oceanfront restaurants — the Pompano Beach House and Oceanic Dining — set to open next year.
Since 2009, more than $10 million has been invested to revitalize and modernize Pompano Beach Boulevard between Atlantic Boulevard and NE Fifth Street, with projects such as replacing and widening sidewalks, adding new pedestrian light fixtures, adding on-street parking spaces, upgrading an existing playground and installing exercise equipment, and creating inviting gathering areas for private and public events.
With the opening of eateries such as the Rusty Hook Tavern — as well as two new breweries, 26 Degree Brewing and Bangin’ Banjo — lots of change is already underway, much of it thanks to initiatives from the Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), managed by Redevelopment Management Associates, to bring new businesses to the easternmost stretch of Atlantic Boulevard.