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Inspections: The Good, the Bad, and the Roaches

Souvlaki Fresh leads off our latest restaurant inspection report, with a temporary closure on June 27th due to roaches. The number of violations wasn’t that big, but sometimes the lack of quality outweighs the quantity.

Dead roaches on premises….5 dead roaches underneath POS by the reach in cooler in front line. 1 dead roach underneath shelf , 1 dead roach by the reach in freezer , 2 dead roaches by the mop sink in back prep room.

Pesticide/insecticide labeled for household use only present in establishment….RAID ants and roach killer spray in frontline underneath POS.

Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cooked/heated yesterday/on a previous day not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within a total of 6 hours. Food has been cooling overnight. ….slice gyro 46°/49° in glass door reach in cooler. See stop sale. Operator discarded food. **Corrective Action Taken**

Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in reach-in cooler….raw chicken above raw beef, raw fish in reach in cooler. **Corrected On-Site**

Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found….2 live roaches on floor mat by the reach in cooler in front line kitchen. 10 live roaches underneath 2 compartment sink , 1 live roach con the wall between reach in freezer and 3 compartment sink , 1 live roach on the floor in back prep room.

Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse…..see stop sale report. **Warning**

Souvlaki Fresh is in the plaza just south of Mizner Park. They had a much better inspection the next day, but July 12th inspectors again found dead roaches. A follow-up on the 13th showed zero violations.

China Buffet & Grill on Hillsboro in Deerfield Beach; image by Google.

China Buffet & Grill on Hillsboro in Deerfield Beach; image by Google.

The biggest number in our report goes to China Buffet & Grill in Deerfield Beach (Hillsboro west of Powerline). Inspectors noted 34 total violations on July 11th, including 13 marked high priority. This place is an ongoing inspection disaster, featured in our late May report with 40 violations and a 2-day closure, and then a week later they were closed again and were caught “dumpster diving” on video.

Get ready for this list of high priority violations:

  • All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods on buffet cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed imitation crab salad (51°F); coleslaw (51°F); pasta salad (49°F); cut tomatoes salad (55°F); cut lettuce (58°F); on the salad buffet.
  • Cooked meats or poultry hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Observed cooked chicken 84° stored in the kitchen on the fry station at room temperature
  • Dented/rusted cans present. See stop sale. Observed 4 dented cans on the can rack. **Repeat Violation**
  • Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food. The cooks **Corrected On-Site** **Repeat Violation**
  • Employee handled soiled dishes or utensils and then handled clean dishes or utensils without washing hands. The dish washer. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Employee touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands – food was not being heated as a sole ingredient to 145 degrees F or immediately added to other ingredients to be cooked/heated to the minimum required temperature to allow bare hand contact. Establishment has no approved Alternative Operating Procedure. Observed the dish washer grab cooked shrimp with bare hands from a container filled with cooked shrimp to eat the n the kitchen. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Employee washed hands with no soap. The sushi cook.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed cut honeydew 53°F and cut cantaloupe 53°F on the sushi and fruit side of the buffet. **Repeat Violation**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food identified in the written procedure as a food held using time as a public health control has no time marking and the time removed from temperature control cannot be determined. The sushi rice. Rice still hot cook just add the vinegar. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in walk-in cooler. Observed raw chicken stored over raw shrimp, raw blue crab, and raw ground pork in the walk-in cooler. **Corrected On-Site** **Repeat Violation**
  • Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in walk-in freezer – all products not commercially packaged. Observed raw chicken stored over raw beef in the walk-in freezer. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Single-use gloves not changed as needed after changing tasks or when damaged or soiled. The cooks **Corrected On-Site**
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Observed imitation crab salad (51°F); coleslaw (51°F); pasta salad (49°F); cut tomatoes salad (55°F); cut lettuce (58°F); on the salad buffet. Observed cut honeydew 53°F and cut cantaloupe 53°F on the sushi and fruit side of the buffet. **Repeat Violation**

Follow-up inspections on July 18th were much better.

Sushi Thai south of Mizner Park; image by Google

The other big number in this report belongs to the Sushi Thai restaurant in the same plaza as Souvlaki Fresh, just south of Mizner Park. Inspectors found 27 total violations on July 8th, including 6 high priority. Mostly they were related to hand washing and storage of raw animal foods.

Others with more than 10 violations include: Duffy’s on St. Andrews (19 violations, 2 high priority); Chen’s Yokohama in Boca Lyons Plaza (16, 5); New Golden China on Palmetto near Powerline (14, 3); and Grille on Congress (13, 3).

Subway on Powerline; image by Google

On the good news side of things, the Subway on Powerline (near Olive Garden) had a perfect licensing inspection in this report. A few weeks later they had 4 violations, 2 high priority which is still pretty good.

Near-perfect inspections were reported for:

  • Bakery of France on SW 18th (1 violation, 1 high priority)
  • Four Seasons on Glades near Boca Rio (2, 0)
  • Einstein Bagels in Shadowood (2, 1)
  • Pizza Hut on 441 near SW 18th (3, 0)

Other notables in this report include:

  • Rotelli’s in its new location near Hobby Lobby (4, 1)
  • Casa Tequila on Glades across from the International Jewelry Exchange (4, 0)
  • Houston’s near Town Center (4, 3)
  • Sicilian Oven on St. Andrews (4, 0)
  • Tijuana Flats in Mission Bay (4, 0)
  • Padrino’s in Mission Bay (5, 0)
  • Dominic’s on Glades near Boca Rio (5, 1)
  • Puccini’s on Yamato (5, 1)
  • Dominic’s in Westwinds of Boca (9, 2)
  • Bamboo Wok on Glades near Lyons (9, 1)
  • First Watch on St. Andrews (10, 2)
  • Another Broken Egg in Royal Palm Place (10, 3)

One last note, China Cafe in Logger’s Run reopened with a so-so licensing inspection, 8 violations, 1 marked high priority.

Full spreadsheet from this report is below:

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Recent Home Sales in Santa Barbara, Colonnade and Woodfield Hunt Club

Colonnade at Glen Oaks is a community located just south of Yamato on St. Andrews. Amenities include sidewalks, bike and jogging paths, basketball and tennis courts. Students are zoned for Calusa Elementary School, Omni Middle School and Spanish River Community High School.

4405 NW 28th Avenue; image by Google

The ranch home on a large corner lot at 4405 NW 28th Avenue sold for $685,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 3.1 bathrooms in 3043 sq. ft. of living space. The home has tall ceilings and there is marble flooring throughout. The kitchen has quartz counter tops, custom cabinets and high end appliances. The master bath was remodeled. The roof was replaced in 2005 and their is a new impact front door. The salt water pool has a separate cabana bath. Built in 1984 for $58,900, it was last purchased for $560,000 in 2014.

2660 NW 48th Street; image by Google

The one story home at 2660 NW 48th Street sold for $590,500. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in 2856 sq. ft. of living space. This move in ready home, located on the lake, has an upgraded kitchen with a built in desk and snack bar. There is new carpet in the bedrooms and access to the patio from the master suite. The large screened in pool and patio ares has lake views and an outdoor kitchen. Built in 1986, it was sold for $511,300 in 2015.

Santa Barbara is a gated community with a clubhouse, a newly refurbished fitness room, tennis courts and resort style pool and spa. It is located close to the Town Center Mall between St. Andrews and Jog Road just north of Glades Road. Public school students mostly attend Omni Middle School and Spanish River Community High School. The houses in the neighborhood are tightly packed together with zero lot lines.

The Mediterranean style home at 2540 NW 24th Street sold for $650,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3.1 bathrooms in 2688 sq. ft. of living space. The gourmet kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, custom cabinets, granite counter tops and a built-in wine cooler. The kitchen opens to a large family room overlooking the pool. The master bedroom suite, with a renovated bath, overlooks the lake. The tropical courtyard has a private guest house with full cabana bath. Previous transactions took place in 2005 for $682,500, and 2001 for $432,000. The house was built in 1994.

The contemporary patio home at 6215 NW 24th Street sold for $510,000. It has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in 1952 sq. ft. of living space. This recently renovated home has a spacious floor plan and updated kitchen with marble counter tops. The private backyard has a large screened patio and fountain. The roof is only 5 years old and the home has been freshly painted. Built in 1992, it was sold for $290,000 in 2000.

Woodfield Hunt Club is a gated community located on Jog Road just south of Yamato Road. The community has two parks, 5 tennis courts and basketball courts. There is a large clubhouse as well. Non-equity memberships in Woodfield Country club are available to residents. Students attend Omni Middle School and Spanish River Community High School.

The home at 4441 Woodfield Boulevard sold for $700,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms in 4390 sq. ft. of living space. Located on a 1/2 acre lot, this spacious, open home is a ranch. The kitchen boasts a double wall oven and lots of counter space. The spa-like master bath has been renovated. There is a fire place and formal living and dining rooms. French doors lead to a large covered patio and pool. Last purchased in 1995 for $450,000, it was built in 1986.

3740 Canterbury Court; image and map data by Google

The estate home at 3740 Canterbury Court (aka Canterbury Drive) sold for $1.185 million. It has 5 bedrooms and 4.1 bathrooms in 5,035 sq. ft. of living space. Located on a quiet cul de sac, this waterfront property has lush landscaping and a private spa-like pool. There is also a summer kitchen with built-in grill. The large gourmet kitchen has quartz counter tops, an extra long island and a marble back splash. The master bedroom on the ground floor overlooks the pool and lake and has a private enclosed lanai garden. Other special features include custom designed iron railings, a wood burning fireplace and authentic Mexican tiles and hardwood floors. Built in 1982, it was last sold for $950,000 in 2003.

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Taniel Shant Takes On Mary Lou Berger

Yesterday I met with Taniel Shant, a candidate for the County Commission seat representing West Boca. He’s as local as you can get. As a child he attended Whispering Pines Elementary, Omni Middle, and Olympic Heights High School. He graduated from FAU in 2005 and now lives in Boca Isles.

The seat he’s running for is currently occupied by Mary Lou Berger. The biggest issue in the race according to Shant is her support for increasing the sales tax. Berger told us in February that if the sales tax increase fails she will push to raise property taxes. Shant opposes any tax increases.

As for other issues he thinks his being a true West Boca resident will matter to voters. He said that Berger doesn’t really live in her district at all (District 5 includes parts of West Delray and West Boynton) and is really a creature of Palm Beach. Property records and my own experience with her suggest he might be right about that, though I’m not sure voters care.

I found his third criticism of Berger amusing – that she’s arrogant. I can’t say that’s wrong but Shant himself did not come off as humble in our meeting.

Shant (left) with Paul Tocker (a friend of West Boca News) and others in Kings Point

Between college and now Shant spent most of the past 10 years working in Washington DC with a non-profit called Armenian Assembly of America. Most recently he worked to get the Obama administration to recognize genocides against Christians in Syria and Iraq.

It’s early in this campaign. Shant appears to be raising enough money to present a credible challenge against Berger. It is an uphill battle running as a Republican challenger against a Democrat incumbent in a Democrat-leaning district in a presidential election year. Shant believes he can win over the independents as well as some Democrats, especially on the tax issue.

Shant’s website is http://www.tanielshant.com/.

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Real Estate: Boca Falls, Boca Winds and Lexington Estates

We report on several recent transactions in Boca Falls, Boca Winds, and Lexington Estates, with prices ranging from $405K up to $715K.

Boca Falls is a gated community with manned entrances west of 441 between Glades Road and Palmetto Park Road. The community has a clubhouse with a new exercise room, a full-size basketball courts and several tennis courts. There is also a large resort-style pool and kiddie pool as well as a covered playground. There are amazing sidewalks and biking paths and a private entry for the elementary school. Students attend Waters Edge Elementary School, Loggers’ Run Middle School and West Boca Raton High School.

21281 Waycross Drive; image by Google.

The Mediterranean style home at 21281 Waycross Drive sold for $715,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 2.1 bathrooms in 3357 sq. ft. of living space. This fully renovated home has a loft and custom home theater room. The entrance features wood floors and a grand staircase with wrought iron railings. The chef’s kitchen has high end appliances, granite counter tops and a stone back splash. Located on a pie-shaped cul de sac, there are beautiful views of the lake. The backyard also boasts a pool and spa with travertine deck, summer kitchen and covered patio area.  Built and purchased for $279,000 in 1997.

21776 Westmont Court; image by Google.

The two story home at 21776 Westmont Court sold for $625,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 3254 sq. ft. of living space. Located on a cul de sac, the home boasts a new white kitchen with custom cabinets and stainless steel appliances. There are new wood plank tile floors throughout.  The master bath was recently remodeled to include a frameless shower and double custom vanities . The fenced in back yard has a pool with a raised spa and waterfall and is located on the lake. Built in 1996, it was previously purchased in 2014 for $525,000.



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Boca Winds is a large community west of 441 on Palmetto Park Road. Community amenities include a clubhouse, basketball and tennis courts, a pool and sidewalks. Students attend Waters Edge Elementary School, Loggers’ Run Middle School and West Boca Raton High School.

22257 Vista Lago Drive; image by Google

The Mediterranean style home at 22257 Vista Lago Drive sold for $680,000. It has 6 bedrooms and 3.1 bathrooms in 3574 sq. ft. of living space. This home is located on a large waterfront lot on a cul de sac in Carlyle Estates. The upgraded home has 18 foot ceilings, crown molding and beautiful window treatments. The gourmet kitchen has granite counter tops, a cook island and stainless steel appliances. The living room has a custom fireplace. The master suite and second bedroom are located on the first floor.  The back has a large pool and screened in patio with lots of privacy. Sold for $650,000 in 2008, it was built in 1994.

22237 Collington Drive; image by Google

The ranch home at 22237 Collington Drive sold for $425,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 2.1 bathrooms in 2308 sq. ft. of living space. The kitchen has been upgraded and features granite counter tops, custom cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The interior has been painted and has neutral tiled floors. Located on the lake, there is a screened in pool and spa. Built in 1991, it was purchased for $395,000 in 2013.

22489 Middletown Drive; image by Google

The home at 22489 Middletown Drive sold for $405,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 2.1 bathrooms in 2103 sq. ft. of living space. The kitchen has been remodeled and features custom cabinets, glass tile back splash and stainless steel appliances. The bathrooms have also been completely renovated. The backyard has a large pool and lush garden views. There is a 2 car garage. Built in 1990, it was last purchased by a property company for $283,000 in 2015.

Lexington Estates is a gated community located on Palmetto Park Road, west of 441. Amenities include basketball and tennis courts as well as a community pool and picnic area. Students attend Coral Sunset Elementary School, Loggers Run Middle School and West Boca Community High School.

10166 Umberland Place; image and map data by Google

The designer decorated home at 10166 Umberland Place sold for $515,000. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 2945 sq. ft. of living space. The home also boasts a loft. The kitchen has been remodeled with custom cabinetry and new stainless steel appliances. There is marble flooring on the first floor and wood on the second floor. The bathrooms have been renovated with marble flooring and custom quartz vanities. The backyard has a large screened patio with a saltwater pool. Built in 1996, it was sold for $375,000 in 2013.

The contemporary home at 10120 Lexington Estates Boulevard sold for $422,000. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms in 2233 sq. ft. of living space. The double glass door entry and large foyer lead to beautiful Brazilian hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings. The newly remodeled kitchen has granite counters and backsplash, stainless steel appliances and double ovens. The breakfast room boasts a built-in banquette. The backyard has a screened in patio and pool. It was originally purchased and built in 1991 for $219,500.

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Recent Home Sales in Boca Isles, Saturnia and Shores

Homes in the 33498 zip code are located north of Glades Road and west of 441. Neighborhoods include Saturnia, Boca Isles, Island Lakes, Stonebridge, Shores, Boca Greens and the northern part of Mission Bay. The schools have an excellent reputation and the area has one of the lowest crime rates in Palm Beach County. Most homes are close to South County Regional park.

There are two Boca Isles neighborhoods, west of Cain Blvd and south of Yamato Rd. Boca Isles North and Boca Isles South, are gated communities with bike and jogging paths and they’re popular with families. Each community has a large clubhouse with meeting rooms and billiards. There are state of the art exercise rooms, basketball courts, playgrounds and tennis courts. There is also a large pool and spa. Sunrise Park Elementary School is nearby. Both are zoned for Eagles Landing Middle and Olympic Heights High School even though West Boca High is a lot closer.

19202 Cloister Lake Lane; image and map data by Google

The Mediterranean style home at 19202 Cloister Lake Lane sold for $515,000. It has 3 bedrooms and 2.1 bathrooms in 2660 sq. ft. of living space. The home has an office. The one story home has an open floor plan, high ceilings and split bedrooms. The kitchen has wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances including a double wall ovens and an island. There are not backyard neighbors as the home backs up to a public park. The bathrooms have been recently updated. In addition, there is a new pool and new wood flooring.  Built in 1994.

The home at 10845 King Bay Drive sold for $670,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 3197 sq. ft. of living space. This spectacular lakefront home is located on an oversize lot and has great views. The home boasts an updated kitchen with wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and double ovens. The master suite has a California closet system, and a large bathroom with dual sinks, double showers and a separate jacuzzi tub. The backyard features a resort style pool and a large grassy space.  Built in 1995, it was previously sold for $694,000 in 2007.

The Saturnia neighborhood is wonderful for families and offers a 24 hour guarded gate, clubhouse, pool and spa. It also has basketball and tennis courts, and a fitness center. Students attend the highly regarded Eagles Landing Middle School and Olympic Heights High School, though some go to other area schools. There are HOA fees.

19029 Skyridge Circle; image and map data by Google

The two story home at 19029 Skyridge Circle sold for $569,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 3009 sq. ft. of living space. Located on a cul de sac, it has a gorgeous free form resort style pool and a built in bbq in a private backyard. The kitchen has new appliances. The 2 a/c units are new also. Built in 1998, it was sold for $492,500 in 2013.

The large ranch home at 11792 Bayfield Drive sold for $742,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in 3130 sq. ft. of living space. Located on the lake, it has an oversized screened in patio with a great open pool area. The gourmet kitchen has wood cabinets and granite counter tops. Special features include built in cabinets in the family room and office.  The home was last purchased in 2006 for $860,000. It was built in 1998

The Shores is a gated community on the north side of Yamato across from South County Regional Park. The community features basketball and tennis courts, a bike and jogging path, and clubhouse. There is also a pool, exercise room and game room. Students attend Sunrise Park Elementary School, Eagles Landing Middle School and Olympic Heights Community High.

11205 Sea Grass Circle; image and map data by Google

The home at 11205 Sea Grass Circle sold for $520,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 3.1 bathrooms in 3366 sq. ft. of living space. There is one bedroom and bathroom downstairs. The kitchen has been upgraded and includes stainless steel appliances, a double wall oven and granite counter tops. The home has a 3 car garage. The home overlooks the lake, has a screened in patio and an in ground pool. Built in 1997, it was sold for $457,100 in 2015.

The home at 18560 Ocean Mist Drive sold for $550,000. It has 5 bedrooms and 3.1 bathrooms in 3366 sq. ft. of living space. Special features include a 2 story high ceiling and a loft. The updated kitchen has double wall ovens and stainless steel appliances. All appliances in the the home including the a/c units are new. The large, private backyard has a pool and screened in patio as well as a fence. It was built in 1995 for $292,100.

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