Pompano Beach Cultural Center Opens with a Bang!

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At last, the long-awaited and eagerly anticipated Pompano Beach Cultural Center and Library will host a World Premiere Party Weekend to help set the stage for South Florida’s cultural arts movement. The first event at the center will be the Preview Party, sponsored by Sabbia Beach and presented by Pompano! Magazine. This fundraiser will take place May 12th and will feature live spontaneous performances by top regional talent, along with tours of the world premiere exhibit, “Shipwrecked of Reason: Half a Century in Cuban Art”, which is on loan from the Cuban government.

The two-story structure, which planners envision as a beacon for culture and learning in South Florida, spans 88,000 square feet and includes the Cultural Center and the brand-new Broward County Library, slated to open in the fall. The Cultural Center comprises an art gallery, a digital-media arts center, and a flexible space for performances.

The new Center is programmed and managed by the Cultural Arts Creatives, a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organization focused on the exploding arts landscape of Pompano Beach. In addition to the Cultural Center, the group, also known as The Creatives, programs and promotes a host of arts and cultural happenings in various venues around the city.

Planners envision the Cultural Center as “a catalyst for economic growth, a cultural haven for artists, and the destination for cutting-edge culture in Pompano Beach, using the power of the arts to uplift, revitalize, and build a stronger community.” They see it offering “cultural opportunities in many artistic disciplines while providing the public access to world-renowned music, dance, theater performances, and art exhibitions.”

Thanks to the determination and foresight of City and County visionaries, Pompano Beach will now join the ranks of other great municipalities who have a state-of-the-art facility which serves as a beacon for culture and learning.

“My hope is that the center fills a niche that no one else can offer: providing educational opportunities with the media center; providing opportunities for new and upcoming artists to display their talents; offering a venue for weddings, private corporate events; and showcasing our all-around and well-rounded city as one of the finest in America,” said Mayor Lamar Fisher.

The venue scored a major art-world coup by securing a world premiere collection from the top 20 Cuban contemporary artists. Through collaborative efforts with the Latin American Art Pavilion, the Center is honored to present “Shipwrecked of Reason: Half a Century in Cuban Art”, curated by the internationally renowned Isabel María Pérez Pérez. Isabel is the Chief Curator Editora Ejecutiva del sello ArteCubano. She is regarded as the leading authority on contemporary Cuban Art and is celebrated as one of the top curators worldwide. Her expertise has resulted in a multitude of projects spanning the globe, from curating internationally acclaimed exhibits to presenting symposiums on the contemporary art movement in Cuba.

From the multiple visions of 20 artists, “Shipwrecked of Reason: Half a Century in Cuban Art”, seeks to present a condensed multigenerational mapping of pivotal moments over the last 50 years of Cuba’s evolution. This vision is marked by the consensus and the coexistence of these creative agents who have the most diverse artistic talents and perspectives. Each artwork deals specifically with such themes as memory, identity, body and portrait, territory and landscape, and the construction of history. The collective dynamics of these artists and their work epitomize the idea of change.

If you’re interested in the arts, then the new center will likely become a focus of your lifestyle when you’re living at the ultra-luxurious, ultra-modern residences of the Sabbia Beach condominiums, just steps away from your door.

Tickets for the Preview Party are $100, $80 of which will be tax deductible. Guests will also receive a complimentary ticket to a show of their choice by a Cultural Alliance member, complimentary drinks, dinner-by-the-bite with a private chef, and a special commemorative issue of Pompano! Magazine.

Event sponsors include: Sabbia Beach, Pompano! Magazine, NBC 6, Telemundo, PDQ, Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, John Knox Village, Bateman Gordon Sands, Inc. and Ainsworth Gaming Technology. This is a “don’t miss” so be sure to add it to your calendar!

For more information call 954-839-9578 or visit www.ccpompano.com

Living Large on Las Olas Boulevard

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Just a quick trip from the ultra-luxurious Sabbia Beach condos in Pompano Beach lies one of the most fun and charming places in Florida, the famous Las Olas Boulevard. This ten-block commercial stretch near the waterfront in Fort Lauderdale is dotted with over 120 restaurants, bars, art galleries, museums, boutiques, nightclubs and even bridal shops, and is often known as Ft. Lauderdale’s Rodeo Drive. The high-end shops and note-worthy restaurants make this the heart and soul of Fort Lauderdale.

Las Olas (Spanish for “the waves”) has been a commercial draw since its construction in 1917, and even more so since its extensive renovation in the early 1980s. It also boasts several celebrities who call Las Olas home, and who might be spotted if you take one of the popular tours along the waterfront.

With beautiful views of the beach, Las Olas Boulevard features upscale boutiques and cozy sidewalk cafes that you can pass on an afternoon or evening stroll through its tree-lined breezeways and courtyards. Catch one of the antique trolley cars that chug up and down the length of the strip, a pedi-cab, or one of the B-Cycle bicycles for rent to enjoy a breezy, unforgettable ride. The lovely Old-World Mediterranean architecture alone is worth the trip.

For shopping, you’ll want to check out the many eclectic stores and boutiques. Offerings include Alex and Ani, the Bellagio International Gallery, Ibiza Footwear, Tommy Bahama, LF, Carroll’s Jewelers, Moda Mario, and so many more. In addition, you can pick up handmade ice cream at famous Kilwin’s, chocolates at Hoffmans, and the most decadent cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory.

Some of the many bars that will welcome you include American Social, Big City Tavern, Vinos on Las Olas, Golden Lyon Vintage Pub, and the O Lounge. Your restaurant choices include Morton’s Steakhouse, YOLO, Gran Forno Las Olas, Grille 401Indigo Restaurant, Lobster Bar Sea Grille, Royal Pig Pub & Kitchen, Sweet Nectar, Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria, La Bonne Crepe, Noodles Panini, and Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar, many offering al fresco dining.

In case all this isn’t enough to tempt you, you can take a water tour at Riverfront Gondola Tours, stop in at one of the many fine art galleries, or just see and be seen, as you stroll along the boulevard.

A public parking lot right off the strip makes for easy access. Las Olas Boulevard is also dog-friendly, with many of the merchants providing water bowls for dogs outside their establishments.

Just Steps Away from Sabbia Beach … Proposed Beachside Dining & Retail Projects

Beachside project in Pompano Beach may include a BurgerFi

BurgerFi, anyone? A swimwear store? These are proposed projects at a beachside site near Sabbia Beach.

Sabbia Beach is being created as part of a renaissance in Pompano Beach, which is transforming into a vibrant, sophisticated, multidimensional destination; the perfect place for those who want to shop, play, work and live on the ocean.

Tim Hernandez, principal of New Urban Communities, has proposed a 5,200-square-foot restaurant space with a 1,052-square-foot elevated deck at 275 N. Pompano Beach Boulevard, to the City of Pompano Beach Development Review Committee. It could include a BurgerFi and a Kilwins, as stated by the committee’s agenda.

Another project, a 6,300-square-foot retail space with a 1,052-square-foot elevated outdoor deck, also located at 275 N. Pompano Beach Boulevard, includes an Alvin’s Island. This is a swimwear brand based in Doral.

In addition, Hernandez is proposing two restaurants, the Pompano Beach House and Oceanic Oceanfront Dining, .2 mile away from 275 N. Pompano Beach Boulevard, anticipated to debut in September 2017.

Exciting dining and retail options are the perfect complements to the luxury living in the toes-in-the-sand style of Sabbia Beach.

Sabbia Beach New Construction Update

Sabbia Beach continues to rise up from the sand! The 7th floor was recently completed and we are moving quickly. Below is a photo and time lapse video of the progress.

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Yoga By The Beach In And Around Pompano


If you’re into yoga, health and wellness, you’ll be perfectly situated in your upscale, ocean-inspired Sabbia Beach condominium on beautiful Pompano Beach. Amenities in the luxuriously appointed building include a world-class, state-of-the-art fitness center with views directly on the ocean, his-and-hers steam rooms and saunas, and a hushed, welcoming spa retreat with treatment rooms.

If yoga is your forte, you’ll be able to practice on Sabbia Beach’s natural, unspoiled, private beach, just like all those yoga instructional videos you’ve seen over the years. Taking up residence at Sabbia Beach will be like living in a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week yoga retreat.

But if you’re inclined to change your routine, and venture out into Pompano Beach itself, you will find numerous high-end yoga spas and retreats within easy walking or driving distance of your new home, all offering a variety of yoga styles and experiences.

For example, you might want to try Yoga by the Sea, located at 2692 E. Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach. This boutique yoga studio offers a variety of teachers and styles, including Yoga Flow and Hot Yoga.

Or you might try Yoga 4 Life Studios at 814 N. Federal Highway in the Beachway Plaza, Pompano Beach, which offers 200-hour teacher training, a diverse schedule of yoga classes, workshops, private sessions and retreats.

Namasté Yoga Salon, at 421 South Federal Highway in Pompano provides yoga for all levels, from beginner to advanced, and specializes in Vinyasa, Yin, and Hatha yoga styles.

The Awaken Yoga Studio, 2032 NE 36th Street in Lighthouse Point offers traditional and hot yoga classes, hot Vinyasa, hard body yoga (yoga with light weights) as well as more gentle approaches.

For expectant mothers, The Yoga Nest at 6834 Stirling Road, Hollywood, specializes in prenatal and postnatal yoga instruction, mom and baby yoga, and childbirth education. The instructor is also available to serve as a doula during childbirth.

Many more yoga studios await, whether you’re a neophyte or an advanced practitioner, just minutes away from your peaceful, contemporary home in Sabbia Beach, Pompano Beach, Florida.