Your Insider’s Guide to Pompano Beach: Marilyn Astle


Meet your Pompano Beach Expert: Marilyn Astle

Marilyn Astle, a sales executive at the beautiful Sabbia Beach condominiums, has lived in the Pompano Beach area for 20 years. When she’s not promoting and selling pre-construction units for Sabbia Beach, one of her favorite pastimes is floating in a boat on the ocean. This week she wants to highlight one of her favorite events in Pompano Beach, the annual Seafood Festival.

Florida’s biggest beach party, the three-day Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, takes place every year in mid-April directly on the beach at the Pompano Beach Fishing Pier. Boasting a variety of live musical acts, both local and national, past performers have included The Guess Who and Grand Funk Railroad. The music is presented on three different stages along the beach, which guarantees you’ll always be able to find tunes to suit your taste.

The festival also features over 180 arts and crafts vendors stretching along Pompano Beach Blvd. And of course, how could it be a seafood festival without delicious seafood delicacies from the local waters prepared by chefs from local restaurants. Here you can find grilled, sautéed and fried fish, shrimp, lobster, crab, clams, mussels, raw and fried oysters and conch, along with such typical festival fare as fritters, paella, Cajun, jerk, and more.

Marilyn says, “Not only is this three memorable days of fun, food, music, surf and sand, I especially like the fact that it benefits so many worthy causes in our area. I never miss it!”

Founded in 1984 by the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce, proceeds are used to benefit such local charities as the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs of Pompano Beach, Women in Financial Services, and several schools and youth organizations, over 50 in all. Because this is a non-profit event, all services are provided by local volunteers.

The next festival will be held April 28-30, 2017. Admission is $10 on Friday and $15 each Saturday and Sunday, with a three-day package price of $30. Tickets are available online or at the door. There’s so much fun and food packed into this three-day extravaganza. This is one event you won’t want to miss, and once you are a resident of Sabbia Beach, you won’t have to because it will be in your backyard.