The PowerPoint course includes boat handling, seamanship, necessary safety equipment, docking, line handling and knot tying, as well as heavy weather running conditions, rules of the road, elementary navigation, and the new federal and state laws.
Each student will receive a certificate of completion and information will be given to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which will then give the students a “safe boating” card.
The “Mannequin Challenge” is the latest internet video trend that was even performed at the White House during President Barack Obama’s Presidential Medal of Freedom awards this past week. Each “Mannequin Challenge” video consists of people staying motionless while the camera winds its way through an area.
The Delray Beach 100-foot Christmas tree, at Old School Square, is the most popular holiday attraction in the city. Volunteers participated in the video earlier this month, and it was posted on Facebook by the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative.
The business was designated a “restaurant” use by the city because 51 percent or more of the place’s gross monthly revenue came from food sales. But, Matthew Baum, the owner, said if the restaurant was to sell liquor, the majority of sales would no longer come from food. It’d be alcohol, and that would change the land use to a “bar and nightclub.” The zoning district The Brass Tap is in allows a bar and nightclub to operate only as a conditional use, which requires the commission’s approval.
This month, the commissioners said OK to the change.
Serving liquor will help The Brass Tap be a more “inclusive” restaurant, Baum said.
Commissioner Justin Katz, who said he is a customer of The Brass Tap, said the business is in a location that “already facilitates this type of activity.”
“If this will increase revenues …I’m fully in favor of it,” he said.
BOCA RATON — Twenty-two people were given the “gift of sight” in Boca Raton on Monday, when a clinic arranged for much-needed eye surgeries free of charge.
The Caridad Center, a free clinic in Boynton Beach, arranged for ophthalmologists to voluntarily perform eye surgeries for lower-income people as part of a holiday “Gift of Sight” program. The surgeons are with the Eye Associates of Boca Raton.
Eighteen of the surgeries corrected cataracts, the main cause of blindness, according to the Caridad Center. Three were Pterygium surgeries, which remove external eye growths that deform the cornea and often cause serious visual impairment. One surgery corrected badly drooping eyelids due to paralysis that meant the patient could hardly see out of her eye.
“Many of these patients have been affected with eye conditions impairing their vision for years, but they did not have access to or funds for surgery,” Laura Kallus, executive director of Caridad Center, said in a statement. “It’s a miracle to work with an amazing team of ophthalmologists and support staff that can give the gift of sight to those in need.”
The Gift of Sight program was started nine years ago by Dr. Howard Goldman, of Eye Associates of Boca Raton, although Goodman has been performing free surgeries in Palm Beach County as well as third-world countries since the 1990s.
Among those who benefited from the Gift of Sight program on Monday was an 82-year-old woman whose daughter had to stop working when her mother went blind, according to a spokesperson for Caridad Center. Now that the mother had the surgery, the daughter will be able to go back to work.
DELRAY BEACH — For 21 years, Granger’s Grille has been the “great local dive” just north of Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach, owner Tim McLarney said.
That vibe won’t change, but its location soon will. Granger’s Grille was priced out of its spot on Federal Highway after the property changed hands this year. It’s moving about a mile south.
Despite attempts to negotiate with new owners, the rent more than tripled and McLarney’s lease expired in October, he said.
“Coming off The Ave, there was a need for a place like this,” McLarney said, referring to the more upscale eateries on Atlantic Avenue.
McLarney and his wife, Adriana, are paying month-to-month to keep Granger’s, a sports bar-style restaurant that serves comfort foods, open at its current spot through December and then move to 802 SE 5th Ave.
“It was like (the new owner) didn’t even want us there,” McLarney said, adding that going month-to-month through December is costing him four times the rent.