Ultra-Luxury Oceanfront Development Due for Completion in First Half of 2018

Situated in the heart of the “new” Pompano Beach, a sophisticated, multidimensional destination for those who want to shop, play, work and live on the oceanside, Sabbia Beach is due for completion in the first half of 2018. The city’s first ultra-luxury oceanfront residential development in nearly 10 years, Sabbia Beach celebrated its topping off on Aug. 17, as a singular palm tree was lifted to the top of the 19-story structure. Continue reading

Pompano Beach Water Taxi Debuts Soon


The beautiful luxury condominiums of Sabbia Beach have been sited on what will soon be the jewel of the Southeast Florida coast, thanks to the foresight of its world-renowned planners and architects. Pompano Beach is the focal point of exciting and far-reaching development projects, some of which are already in place, with others nearing completion.

Case in point. Pompano Beach will soon unveil its long-planned water taxi, which will link the city to the Water Taxi Service in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. Like that service, the Pompano Beach water taxi will be a pleasant, convenient, and different way to tour the area as cooling breezes waft across the skin, and the panoramic sights and local points of interest roll past.

The Pompano Beach Water taxi will consist in the beginning of two vessels, each capable of transporting 40 passengers and two crew members, which will ply the waters of the Intracoastal Waterway from Lighthouse Point to southern Fort Lauderdale, all for one low price. (Although ticket prices are still being discussed, it’s anticipated that the cost will be about $20 for visitors and $15 for residents. A longer trip, from Broward to Hollywood, will cost slightly more.) Like the Fort Lauderdale taxi, ours will operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

The word “taxi” in fact might be a bit of a misnomer. These boats will operate more like trolleys or buses, in which you can buy a single pass, ride all day, and hop on and off as you please. The operators will provide commentary on the various sights as the craft glides past.

“It’s long overdue,” Jeff Torode, one of the main forces behind the new water taxi company, told the Sun Sentinel. “We’re really excited about it.”

It will offer people a wide array of activities without getting in the car, including stops for lunch along the Intracoastal, Torode said.

The tour’s complete itinerary is still being finalized, but look for stops to include: – Indian Mound Park, at Hibiscus Avenue and Southeast 13th Street; the Sands Harbor Resort, 125 N. Riverside Drive; and, Alsdorf Park, 2974 NE 14th St., all in Pompano Beach, as well as the Port Royale apartments in Fort Lauderdale.

Additional stops are under discussion, according to the Sun Sentinel. Some being considered are Blue Moon Fish Co. or Benihana restaurants in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Hillsboro Inlet Park, the Nauti Dawg Marina Cafe and Cap’s Place Island Restaurant, both in Lighthouse Point.

Tom Hasis, co-owner of Cap’s Place, is looking forward to the advent of the water taxis, anticipating that his establishment will be on the tour.

“The waterways are beautiful,” he told the Sun Sentinel. “It’s a great way to see the beauty of this area. I believe a lot of people will be interested.”

Upon recommendation of the Chief Engineer of the Department of the Army, to accommodate the water taxi service Pompano Beach was authorized to install a new concrete dock and repair an existing seawall by installing new concrete panels within one foot of the existing seawall. Improvements also included nine concrete batter piles, nine concrete vertical piles and installation of a new 36-inch concrete cap adjacent to 145 and 143 North Riverside Drive.

All funding has been obtained and approved. The water taxi project is partially funded by a Florida Island Navigation Grant which will cover about 50% of the cost, with the city’s portion coming in at $130,815. The taxi company received a subsidy from the city this month for $422,635 to get the new service underway by the beginning of October.

However, water taxi service operation will not start until all Coast Guard requirements have been met and the city is satisfied that the proper documentation is on hand.

Pompano Beach Commissioner Mike Sobel, who represents the beachside district, hailed the addition as a critical piece of what will soon be a “fishing village” of shops, restaurants and other attractions, the Sun Sentinel reported. “I don’t know any residents who are not tremendously excited about this,” he told the paper.

Topping Off Celebration

On Thursday, Aug. 17, Sabbia Beach, the first ultra-luxury “toes-in-the-sand” oceanfront residential development in Pompano Beach in almost a decade, celebrated its topping off with the raising of a palm tree to the top of the building. Danny Salvatore, principal at Fernbrook Florida, LLLP and president/founder of Fernbrook Homes of Ontario, Canada, and Federico Fernandez, CEO of Grupo Fernandez — developers of Sabbia Beach; as well as Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher, Pompano Beach Commissioner Michael Sobel, Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca, and top local real estate VIPs were in attendance for the momentous occasion. Continue reading

Sabbia Beach Topping Off

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Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate the topping off of Sabbia Beach, the first ultra-luxury “toes-in-the-sand” oceanfront residential development in Pompano Beach in almost a decade. We couldn’t ask for a better community to be a part of! View the event video below!

How We Got Here: History of Pompano Beach

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As you sit sipping your chilled Vueve Clicquot Champagne on the expansive balcony of your beautiful new Sabbia Beach condominium overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, you may wonder how this all came to be, rising out of the sand.

The area, now known as Pompano Beach, was originally the home of the Tequesta tribe of Native Americans. The last remaining trace of the Tequesta is a burial mound in Pompano Beach, near the ocean. You can still see it at Indian Mound Park which overlooks the Intracoastal waterway at Hibiscus Avenue and SE 13th Street.

Although Florida became a U.S. territory in 1821, few inhabitants—European or native American—remained in the area; it was isolated and mainly impenetrable. Until the coming of the railroad, that is.

It all started in 1896 with the arrival of George Butler and Frank Sheen and their families. The first documented residents of the area, the two had arrived as railway employees, part of the great Florida expansion triggered by Henry Flagler’s ventures in the state. Legend has it that Sheen, who was surveying the area, noted on his records the name of the fish he had eaten at dinner: a pompano. Thus, a community got its name and, with the arrival of the first train on February 22, 1896, a town was born in what was then Palm Beach County.

Incorporated as part of Dade County on July 3, 1908, the Town of Pompano contained exactly 269 residents, as recorded by the 1910 census. Pompano became part of Broward County when it was established in 1915. It officially became the city of Pompano Beach in 1947 and, by the 1930 census, the town had experienced over 300% growth in population, recording 2,614 citizens. This trend continued steadily through the 20th Century, with new residents lured by the tropical climate and the natural beauty of the area. The 2010 census counted nearly 100,000 people living along its 3.5 miles of pristine beaches.

Throughout much of its modern history, Pompano Beach was regarded as a sleepy beach town, often noted in travel guides with less-than-flattering descriptions. Development was piecemeal and haphazard, the beach was unkempt, and the city offered little to attract visitors or investment.

The city decided to make changes based on community and traveler feedback. They created two Community Redevelopment Agency areas. Since then, Pompano Beach has invested millions of dollars in improvements to not only revitalize the beach, but to create a new beachside streetscape, a beachside garage, a new fire station and library near the beach and the soon-to-be re-vamped pier.

The city’s upscale transformation has been nothing short of spectacular, from the just-opened Cultural Arts Center, to the fun-filled Lady Luck Shipwreck Park, and the arrival of world-class restaurants and recreation opportunities.

The city, along with New Urban Communities, are developing Pompano Fishing Village, located from the beach to the intracoastal at the Fishing Pier. With the parking garage now complete, the first of many projects is currently under construction.

Directly on the beach will be the Pompano Beach House, a casual yet upscale American grill and bar, operated by the same group that operates Grille 401 on Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale. The Pompano Beach House is currently under construction and expected to be open by Thanksgiving.

Oceanic at Pompano Beach is an exciting new restaurant concept from Raleigh-based LMR, LLC and a homecoming for founders Lou and Joy Moshakos who began their restaurant careers in Deerfield Beach 40 years ago. The ocean-front restaurant, adjacent to the pier, promises to deliver a dynamic experience which starts with the architectural wow-factor. The culinary offering is equally as exciting. The menu features fresh local seafood and grilled items prepared to perfection. Oceanic is slated to start construction in the fall and be open by Summer 2018.

In addition, leases have been signed and the permitting process is under way for proposed eateries that include a BurgerFi and a favorite sweet indulgence, Kilwins.

BurgerFi is an upscale hamburger chain featuring a wide variety of gourmet-style hamburgers, including Wagyu beef, veggie burgers, and lettuce wrap burgers, accompanied by such unique spreads as bacon jam and truffle aioli.

Kilwins is an ice cream parlor and dessert franchise known since 1947 for its high-quality products and friendly customer service. It offers such delicacies as sea-salt caramels, fudge, candy apples, and its famous Kilwins Original Recipe Ice Cream in dozens of flavors.

The new tenants will be a welcoming change to the area since Hurricane Wilma destroyed the old Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant in 2005. Since then, there has been no waterfront dining available in the area.

Of course, there is the famous fishing pier itself, being completely renovated in the shape of—what else—a fish. Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge damaged part of the pier, but the new one will be four feet higher to accommodate rising sea levels, and nearly 70% wider and featuring shade canopies.

There are even more improvements in the works, including designs for the new Innovation District, which would allow up to 750,000 square feet of office space, 165,000 square feet of retail space, 35,000 square feet of restaurants, 1,500 residences, and two hotels with a combined 420 rooms. The plans call for high-end establishments that will attract even more prosperous investment.

In just over 100 years Pompano Beach has gone from a careless notation on a survey map to a growing, thriving city poised to become THE destination resort in South Florida. And, perfectly positioned in the center of all this exciting activity are the ultra-luxurious residences of Sabbia Beach condominiums.