Still No Signed Lane Kiffin Extension for FAU

Tweet from FAU Coach Lane Kiffin:

On December 19, 2017, football coach Lane Kiffin announced that he had reached an agreement with FAU for a 10-year contract extension. The extension still hasn’t been signed, according to FAU.

The same day the agreement was announced we submitted a public records request to FAU for a copy of the new contract. The immediate response, the next day, was that the contract had not been signed yet and would be forwarded to us when it was.

We followed up a few weeks later and were told:

Coach Kiffin’s extension is an agreement in principle and the written details are still being worked out. I will be provided a copy of the new contract when it is completed.

So we waited. Yesterday we asked again and an exchange of e-mails revealed that Coach Kiffin’s extension has not been signed, and that he is still working under the terms of the previous contract.

[T]here is no written contract yet with the extension. Coach Kiffin is still employed under the terms of his existing contract. He and the AD and President reached an agreement in principle on a ten-year extension, which is what he tweeted about. That verbal agreement in principle has not yet been reduced to a written contract.

This matters because some in college football think Lane Kiffin’s stay at FAU is only temporary until he lands a deal with a bigger football school.

From ESPN:

Since his coaching career began in 1997 as an assistant at Fresno State, Kiffin’s longest stop at one place was six seasons as an assistant at USC from 2001 to 2006. As a head coach, his longest stop also was at USC, where he was fired five games into his fourth season.

One would expect that the contract extension would make it harder for Kiffin to leave FAU. If it hasn’t been signed, that means he’s still relatively free to leave for somewhere else.

We would like to hope that Kiffin is here in Boca for the long haul. He’s a great coach and we’d love to see FAU continue to improve. But the lack of a signed extension suggests that he may still be waiting to see if a new opportunity comes up.

We reached out directly to Kiffin and to FAU Football but neither has responded.

Manjarres Mayhem and Deutch Deceit? Weird Congress Race

The congressional race in Florida’s 22nd district is getting weird. Incumbent Ted Deutch, a West Boca resident, recently sent a misleading e-mail to his supporters referencing prospective challenger Javier Manjarres. Manjarres is a Republican living in Fort Lauderdale.

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20+ Violations at Zingers, Thick and Thin, Kanpai and Chick N Chop

Zingers on Beracasa had 29 violations in an April 4 inspection. Image by Google.

Four Boca restaurants each had over 20 violations in our latest inspection report. The biggest number goes to Zingers on Beracasa Way with 29 violations including 5 marked high priority, with a stop sale on cooked turkey breast:

  • Container of medicine improperly stored. Next to food on shelf above prep table.
  • Cooked meat/poultry cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. 4 cooked turkey breast cooling since yesterday in RIC (49-52°F cooling) approximately 20 lbs. See Stop Sale.
  • 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. See stop sale. 4 cooked turkey breast cooling since yesterday in RIC (49-52°F cooling) approximately 20 lbs.
  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food in walk-in cooler. Observed raw bacon stored above RTE sliced mushrooms in WIC.
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. 4 cooked turkey breast cooling since yesterday in RIC (49-52°F cooling)approximately 20 lbs. See Stop Sale

The biggest number of high priority violations was for Chick N Chop in Palmetto Park Square (the Kmart plaza east of I-95). They had 21 violations with 9 high priority:

  • Operating with an expired Division of Hotels and Restaurants license. More than sixty days
  • All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in reach-in cooler cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit.front counter cooler not keeping food st temperature grape leaves rice (47-49°F – Cold Holding); tomatoes (47-49°F – Cold Holding); lettuce (47-49°F – Cold Holding), cook put ice on items and same service person as for walk in cooler
  • All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in walk-in cooler cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Walk in cooler not keeping food at temperature chicken (51-55°F – Cold Holding); black beans (51-55°F – Cold Holding); soup (51-55°F – Cold Holding); tomatoes (51-55°F – Cold Holding), cook moved some items into the walk in freezer and ice down all the chicken, called for service **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Cooked meats or poultry hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Gyro nest on spit fire off, spit not turning, and gyro meat st 92-94 degrees, cook turned on fire and machine and began reheating to 165 degrees. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food.
  • Food with mold-like growth. See stop sale. Approximately 10 lbs of carrot with white and yellow hairy mold growth
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Chicken on the front grill at 100-111, cook lit the grill and attempted to reheat to 165°
  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food in reach-in cooler. Raw shelled eggs over sauce and condiments
  • Vacuum breaker missing at mop sink faucet or on fitting/splitter added to mop sink faucet.

Also over 20 total violations were the popular Thick and Thin Pizza in Sandalfoot Square with 25 violations, 5 high priority (the worst of it: Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food marked with a date that exceeds 7 days after opening/preparation. Sliced ham in WIC and also Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. 3 lbs. of Spaghetti 48F cooling since-yesterday in RIC.); and Kanpai on the corner of Palmetto and Federal Highway with 25 violations including 3 high priority.
Good News
There were several perfect inspections in our latest report, most notably Shake Shack on Glades Road and a few places in Town Center – Maoz Vegetarian, Petrossian, and 40 Carrots.
Town Center was also the location for several near-perfect (1 violation) inspections including Tobu Teriyaki Grill, Cups Frozen Yogurt, Macy’s Taste Bar, Nordstrom EBar, and Piñon Grill, which closed shortly after the inspection.

Also doing well with just 2 violations were: Rancheritos in Somerset Shoppes, Tomasso’s on Palmetto just east of I-95, Zinburger (Town Center), Capitini’s Italian Deli and Catering, and Neiman Marcus Mariposa.
Other notables in this report include:
Sandalfoot Bagel with 18 violations, 3 high priority
Rotelli’s in West Boca Square (Target plaza) with 14 violations, 4 high priority
Stella’s in Boca Greens (12, 3)
Nick’s New Haven Pizza (11, 3)
Taco Bell in Sandalfoot (9, 2)
Jersey Mike’s Subs on St. Andrews (8,0)
Pita N Go on 441 near Cumberland Farms (7, 2)
Sinbad on Lyons at Kimberly (7, 0)
City Boys Pizza on Sandalfoot (6, 2)
Jersey Mike’s Subs on 441 in Parkland (6, 2)
Hooters (6, 2)
Toojays in Polo Club (6, 1)
Boston Market at Town Center (6, 1)
Di Pizza on 441 in Parkland (5, 1)
Pei Wei on 441 at Glades (5, 1); also about a week later (4, 0)
Way Beyond Bagels on Clint Moore at 441 (5, 1)
Boston Market in Shadowood (5, 0)
The new Dunkin Donuts on SW 18th at Powerline (Licensing – 5, 1)
The new Ramona’s on Kimberly at Hampton (Licensing – 4, 1)
Chick Fil-A at Town Center (3, 0)
Bruce’s in Boca Greens (3, 1)
Our spreadsheet for this report is below:
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What's Hot in West Boca Real Estate? First Quarter 2018

If you’re thinking of selling your home, now is the time for certain neighborhoods in West Boca. Inventory is sparse in Boca Winds, Palmetto Pines, Boca Springs, Tudor Woods and Lexington Estates. With few homes on the market, there’s less competition among sellers and so it’s a good time to list your home.
If you’re in a more competitive neighborhood and you need to sell, it won’t be easy and you will need to price aggressively. The toughest communities for sellers right now are high end ones like Long Lake Estates and The Oaks, golf course communities including Stonebridge and Boca Woods, and also Avalon and Saturnia Isles.

Call/Text Warren at 518-225-3710 or e-mail

Boca Winds
As of the beginning of April there are only 10 homes listed in Boca Winds. That’s less than 1% of all homes in the development.
The market was good for sellers in the first quarter. Ten homes sold with only one home going for less than $300,000. That sold in 3 days after it was listed well below its value. A similar house on the same street sold for $350,000 in only 12 days.
Six of the ten homes sold for over $400,000. 22257 Vista Lago Drive was the highest, selling for $680,000 with 6 bedrooms in 3500 square feet in great condition and with a spectacular lake view.
Boca Falls
Boca Falls is a little more competitive with 18 homes listed or about 2.5% of the homes in the development. That’s up from 16 homes only a few days ago.
8 homes sold in the first quarter with prices from $505,000 up to $735,000. No sales have been completed since February 15th.

Loggers’ Run
There are 13 single family homes listed in Loggers’ Run right now, all of them north of Palmetto Park Road. Certain sections have few or no listings and might be less competitive, including Island Lakes, Ponderosa, Tamarron and the Winding Lakes subdivisions.
In the first quarter 18 homes sold. A few in Crystal Cove and Winding Lakes III sold for over $600,000. The others ranged from a lowball $295,000 for a small house in Country Landing I up to $455K for a 2000 sq.ft. home in Country Landing IV. Three other sales were over $400,000 and the rest were from $330K to $390K.
Three townhomes sold in Timberwalk, all for close to $260,000. There is only one townhome listed right now, so again a good time to put your home on the market if you’re thinking of selling.
Mission Bay
Mission Bay is a little more competitive for sellers with 22 single family homes listed and 4 townhomes. Five townhomes sold in the first quarter, all for between $274K and $300K.
10 single family homes sold mostly priced from $375K to $495K. There was one sold low at $321,000 in Laguna. You know it’s trouble with the first 17 photos are of the HOA amenities.
Also one larger home in The Isle sold for $630,000.
Call/Text Warren at 518-225-3710.

Boca Isles
Boca Isles has 18 homes on the market, three of them added yesterday. That’s a reasonable 2% of the two developments. 11 homes sold in the first quarter, 8 of them in Boca Isles South and 3 in Boca Isles North. Two sold for under $400K including one bank-owned and one poorly marketed. Most of the sales were over $500,000 with two larger homes (5 bedrooms, 3200 square feet) selling for over $600,000. Also of note, most homes sold in less than two months.
While there is competition in Boca Isles, it’s still a good time to list because the homes are selling.
Palmetto Pines, Boca Springs and Tudor Woods
Another potentially hot area for sellers is Palmetto Pines and Boca Springs, with only 8 homes listed right now. Inventory is very thin and there were only 3 homes sold in the first quarter of the year. Prices are up a bit. Two small houses in Palmetto Pines (aka Holiday City) both sold for over $300,000 ($301K and $340K) and one somewhat larger REO (bank-owned) house in Boca Springs sold for $319,000. REO homes generally sell much lower than market price.
Most homes in these two neighborhoods will not get more than $400,000, but two in Boca Springs did sell for above that number in 2017. In Palmetto Pines the highest price we’ve seen recently is $355,000. If you price too high your house won’t sell quickly.
Tudor Woods has only one home listed. Five fairly small “patio homes” sold in the first quarter from $235K up to $250K.
Lexington Estates and Allegro
Lexington Estates may be a prime selling area this spring. Four homes in the neighborhood sold in the first quarter, three of them at prices around $470K with one REO at $382,000. Only two homes are listed, both priced high at over $500K. If you list at $499K you should get a buyer within 3 months.
Allegro is just south of Lexington Estates with smaller houses. Three of them sold in the first quarter priced closely between $320K and $340K. All sold in less than two months. There are two homes on the market now. One is very small and listed at $319,500 while the other is average size for the neighborhood at 2000 square feet listed for $394,000. Both seem overpriced, so a reasonably priced listing should sell quickly.
This leads to another tip. If you’re going to list your house higher than market value, you should use quality photos in the listing.
The Shores and Saturnia
The Shores and Saturnia are both a bit more saturated with roughly 3% of the homes listed in each.
In The Shores, 11 homes are listed. There were 6 sales in the first quarter with prices from $402,000 to $550,000.
Saturnia has 12 homes listed. There were 7 sales since the start of 2018. Price pressures have had an effect as nothing is selling for more than $700,000. While this is bad for sellers, buyers are getting some amazing bargains. If you’re a looking for a great deal on a large home in excellent condition, Saturnia is the place to look.
Lakes at Boca Raton
6 homes on the market in Lakes right now. That’s not many. Good time to go on the market if you’re thinking of selling.
7 sales in the first quarter, prices from just over $300K up to $455K. Most of those sold in under 2 months. But one house took 7 months.
Palma Vista and Avalon
Avalon (aka Parkview) is tough for sellers right now with 5 homes listed in a small neighborhood. There was only one sale in the first quarter at $585,000.
Palma Vista is a little better but still challenging with 3 homes listed. 2 homes sold in the first quarter, one for $560,000 with 3100 square feet and a larger 3700 square footer selling for $655,000.
Timbers of Boca, Pine Springs and Escondido
Timbers of Boca has no homes listed. Pine Springs has one, and Escondido has one as well.
Timbers saw one home sold in the first quarter, 1800 square feet for $385,000. Two sold in Pine Springs with prices just above $300K. A 2000 square foot home in Escondido sold for $345,000.
Boca Lago
58 homes are listed in Boca Lago. There were 31 sales in the first quarter. 16 of the transactions were under $200,000, while four were over $300K.
Meadow Lakes
Meadow Lakes could be a sellers’ opportunity now with only two homes listed, both near $350,000. Nothing sold in the first quarter and three somewhat larger homes sold in 2017, priced between $359K and $393K.
Boca Reserve
Boca Reserve, a fairly new community just west of Loggers’ Run, is saturated right now with 4 listings out of only 44 homes. No homes sold in the first quarter and only 2 homes sold in 2017.
Boca Chase
There are 7 regular single family homes listed in Boca Chase right now, along with 2 more houses and 12 townhomes and villas in the 55+ sections.
12 single family homes sold in the first quarter (2 of them 55+). 7 townhomes also sold. For non-55+ single family homes, most sold for $360K up to $460K. There was one significantly smaller house that sold for $318K.
American Homes, Southwinds, Lake Ridge, Whisper Walk and Boca Fontana
We see 25 single family homes on the market in the area from Lake Ridge to Kimberly. There are 13 townhomes for sale in Whisper Walk, and none currently listed in Boca Fontana.
Two townhomes sold in Boca Fontana in the first quarter for $275K and $300K. Sold prices were $200K and less in Whisper Walk.
27 single family homes sold since the start of the year. The highest prices were in Boca Landings North with three homes selling for over $450,000. A few others sold for $410,000. Everything else was under $400K, with only two houses under $250K.
Saturnia Isles, Rio Poco, Tierra Del Rey and Bridges/7 Bridges
Up 441 in southwest Delray, there are 19 homes listed in Saturnia Isles right now, or about 5.5% of the homes in the development. Six homes sold in the first quarter, most over $600,000 and two of them going for just over $700,000.
There are 5 homes listed in Rio Poco and another 11 in Tierra Del Rey. Three homes sold in Rio Poco in the first quarter with prices from $825K up to $1.6 million. There were no sales in Tierra Del Rey, another expensive community where sellers are struggling.
In The Bridges and 7 Bridges there are 56 homes listed for sale right now. That’s roughly 5% of the homes in both developments. 18 homes sold there in the first quarter, including a 8000 square foot beauty for $3.2 million in 7 Bridges. 6 more sold for over $1M while 11 went for under $1M, 4 of them under $800K and one bargain at $665K in a corporate relocation.
The Oaks and Long Lake Estates
Sellers are having a tough time in these two high end neighborhoods. 13% of the homes are listed in Long Lake Estates (17 homes) and 10% (44 homes) are listed in The Oaks.
The Oaks has had 7 sales since the start of the year with a nearly 10,000 square foot mansion going for just over $2M, 3 more selling over $1M, and one 4700 square foot bank-owned home selling for only $500,000, probably due to a history of Chinese drywall.
Long Lake Estates had two sales in the first quarter, a 4700 square foot 4 bedrooom for $1.1M and a 5400 square foot 5 bedroom for $1.2M.
Boca Woods, Stonebridge and Mizner Country Club
There are 40 homes listed in Boca Woods, or about 6% of the homes, and there were 10 sales in the first quarter. Five sold for under $100K while two managed to sell for just over $300K. There were three other sales between $235K and $285K.
For Stonebridge we see 36 listings or about 10% of the homes. There were only 6 sales in the first 3 months of the year. Prices were quite varied with one selling for only $95K, another selling for nearly $500K, and the remaining four selling between $225K and $370K.
Prices are holding up better in Mizner Country Club (Lyons north of The Bridges) but there are 57 homes listed (12% of the homes) and only 4 homes sold in the first quarter. Two large houses sold for $1.1M and $1.25M, while two somewhat smaller 4500 square foot homes sold for $950K and $450K (bank owned).

20+ Violations at China Wok, Blue Moon Mexican, Anthony's Pizza & More

China Wok in Sandalfoot Square; image by Google.

Several local restaurants had 20 or more violations in the last couple weeks, and there’s plenty of good news too. The biggest numbers were from China Wok in Sandalfoot Square, with 27 violations including rodent activity. China Wok also had 27 violations in December 2017. Their high priority violations this time were:

  • Cooked/heated potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within six hours. See stop sale. Observed in white Frigidaire reach in cooler near front counter: White Frigidaire reach-in cooler:; sweet and sour chicken approximately 5lbs (52°F – Cooling); bourbon chicken approximately 0.5lbs (51°F – Cooling); General tso chicken approximately 2lbs (52°F – Cooling); egg rolls approximately 5lbs (51-53°F – Cooling). Foods were cooked and began cooling yesterday per operator.Ambient air temperature is 67°F in this cooler.
  • Employee began working with food, handling clean equipment or utensils, or touching unwrapped single-service items without first washing hands. Cook began to handle clean pots in cookline after coming from outside and not washing hands.
  • 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. See stop sale. Observed in white Frigidaire reach in cooler near front counter: White Frigidaire reach-in cooler:; sweet and sour chicken approximately 5lbs (52°F – Cooling); bourbon chicken approximately 0.5lbs (51°F – Cooling); General tso chicken approximately 2lbs (52°F – Cooling); egg rolls approximately 5lbs (51-53°F – Cooling). Foods were cooked and began cooling yesterday per operator.Ambient air temperature is 67°F in this cooler.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Observed in steam table: cooked pork wontons (118°F – Hot Holding), operator corrected it by reheated food to above 165°F. When checked later, wontons were at 150°F, Corrected On-Site. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Raw pork stored above ready to eat sauces in walk in cooler.
  • Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in walk-in cooler. Raw chicken stored above raw shrimp in walk in cooler. **Repeat Violation**
  • Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed at least 40 dried rodent droppings along wall behind white reach in freezer and dry storage shelf with cans near water heater. Operator instructed to remove droppings and to clean and sanitize area. They began to remove droppings. **Corrective Action Taken** **Admin Complaint**
  • Vacuum breaker missing at mop sink faucet or on fitting added to mop sink faucet outside. **Repeat Violation**

The next worst by the numbers was the relatively new Blue Moon Mexican Cafe on SW 18th near Powerline, with 25 violations including 7 high priority. The worst of it was a stop sale on black beans for time/temperature issues.
Two others had 25 violations – La Casa de Peinado (4 high priority) in the plaza on 441 just north of Cumberland Farms, and Lemon Grass Hotpot in the Boca Grove plaza on Powerline (3 high priority.
Also with 20 violations or more were:

  • House of Bread & Coffee (Casa do Pao) in the same plaza north of Cumberland Farms
  • Tanjore in East Boca’s Royal Palm Place
  • Oliv Pit on SW 18th near Outback Steakhouse
  • Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Boca Grove
  • Subway on Glades near the Turnpike

Good News
There were a number of perfect inspections including Tijuana Flats in Mission Bay, the Southwinds Golf Course, Vinny’s All Day Cafe at Jog & Yamato, Lucille’s BBQ in Delray Marketplace, and the Wendy’s in Boca Lyons Plaza.
The popular Rise Sushi on SW 18th was near perfect with one minor violation.
Stallone’s did well with 2 minor violations. Chipotle in the Westwinds plaza at Glades and 441 also recorded 2 minor violations. Tulip Mediterranean in the same plaza did well with 3 minor violations. Fit Foodz Cafe on Clint Moore also had 3 violations, as did Bolay in Polo Club Shoppes, Shen’s Peking in Boca Lyons Plaza, and First Watch in Mission Bay.

Other notables in this report include:

  • Duffy’s in Mission Bay (4 violations, 1 high priority)
  • Manhattan Joe’s Pizza in Polo Club (4, 2)
  • Chipotle on Palmetto near Powerline (5, 0)
  • Apeiro in Delray Marketplace (5, 0)
  • Bamboo Wok on Glades (5, 1)
  • Shula Burger in Delray Marketplace (6, 1)
  • Pho Boca on Glades (7, 1)
  • Boon’s Asian in Boca Greens (7, 2)
  • Miller’s Ale House in Boca Lyons Plaza (7, 2)
  • Gary Woo Express on Yamato near 441 (8, 1)
  • Rocco’s Tacos in Boca Center (8, 1)
  • Ben’s Kosher Deli on 441 at Clint Moore (8, 3)
  • Lindburgers in Westwinds (9, 3)
  • Asia at Powerline and Camino Real (9, 3)
  • Padrino’s in Mission Bay (9, 1)
  • Boca Grill in Somerset Shoppes (9, 1)
  • La Granja on St. Andrews near Town Center (9, 6), and a week later on a complaint (11, 2)
  • Brendy’s on SW 18th (12, 1)
  • Dunkin Donuts in Loggers’ Run (13, 4)
  • Burger King in West Boca Square – the Target plaza (17, 1)
  • Juice & Java on St. Andrews (17, 2)
  • Trattoria Nonna on SW 18th (18, 5)
  • Moon Thai on St. Andrews (18, 2)
  • El Balcon de Las Americas on 441 at Sandalfoot (18, 6)
  • Pollo Tropical on 441 near Palmetto (19, 2)

Our full spreadsheet for this report is below:
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Book Review: Nothing is Forgotten by Peter Golden

I had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of Peter Golden’s latest book, Nothing Is Forgotten. The book will be released on April 10th. I reviewed his last novel, Wherever There Is Light, in 2015.
As he showed with his previous novels, Golden is a master at weaving together different threads of the story. Nothing is Forgotten takes the reader on a multidimensional journey, traveling through a range of geography, history, culture, and especially emotions. Places are depicted vividly, with bits of the local language and cuisine dropped here and there to add flavor.
It may be of particular interest to many here in southern Palm Beach County because of its references to European and American Jews, as well as Russia and Eastern Europe.
The novel touches on various genres including coming of age, love story, spy thriller, and war, bringing them all together into a fascinating and deeply moving tale.

Peter Golden (left) interviewing Mikhail Gorbachev in his non-fiction days.

I highly recommend Nothing Is Forgotten.

Perfect Inspections at Bonefish and Five Guys

Bonefish Grill and Five Guys; images by Google.

It was a good week for restaurant inspections, topped off by perfect inspections at the Bonefish Grill in Boca Grove and Five Guys near Town Center. First Watch on St. Andrews and a Wendy’s on Yamato were near-perfect with one violation each.

Very good inspections were also reported for IHOP in Mission Bay, Subway in Loggers’ Run, and Holloway’s Irish Pub on SW 18th, each with two violations.
We saw pretty good inspections (3 violations each) for sandwich favorite LaSpada’s, Giovanni’s Pizza on Powerline, Burger King on Glades near Boca Rio, and Habit Burger on Military Trail.
There wasn’t a lot of bad news. The worse numbers in this report were mostly in Coral Springs. Sal’s Italian on Sample and Wings N Ale each tied for the biggest number with 26 violations but each had only one high priority.
In West Boca the biggest number was for Little Caesar’s on 441 with 19 violations, but again only one was high priority. Nearby Papa John’s had 13 violations.
Madison’s near Town Center had 10 violations.

The Cheffrey Eats burger food truck that operates out of Parkland was shut down for a day but the report doesn’t indicate why and we don’t see anything that usually leads to a shutdown. They had 9 violations, 2 high priority but nothing terrible that we could see.
As usual our spreadsheet for this report is below.
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February Real Estate Update for West Boca

What Sold?
Just a quick update on the West Boca real estate market at the end of February. 274 homes have sold this year so far, 176 of them (including 141 condos, townhomes and villas) for less than $300,000.
75 homes sold for prices between $300K and $500K, all but three of them single family homes.
From $500K to $800K there were only 16 transactions, 9 of them in Boca Falls with 4 more in Boca Isles and 2 in Saturnia.
Over $800,000 there were 7 transactions all near Clint Moore with 3 in The Oaks, 2 in Long Lake Estates, 1 in Le Rivage and the most expensive one in Horseshoe Acres by auction for $3.1 Million, well off the list price of $4.35M.
What’s For Sale?
West of the Turnpike and south of the Delray line there are currently 802 homes on the market including 396 single family homes, 112 townhomes and villas, 287 condos and 7 mobile homes.
447 homes are listed for $300,000 or less, mostly condos and townhomes.
Between $300K and $500K there are 193 homes, nearly all of them single family.
In the $500K-$800K range there are 86 for sale, all single family homes. They tend to be in specific neighborhoods including Boca Falls, Boca Isles, Saturnia, The Shores, The Oaks and Avalon, with a smaller number in Boca Winds, Boca Reserve, Palma Vista, Loggers Run and Mission Bay.
76 homes are listed above $800,000, concentrated in The Oaks and Long Lake Estates.
Did You Notice?
In the sub-$300K market the number of transactions was more than 60% of the number listed. Homes under $300K sell fast. Keep in mind the sales are over a two month span.
In the lower middle range between $300K and $500K this drops to less than 40%. From $500K to $800K it drops to less than 20%. And over $800K the number of sales in that two month window is less than 10% of the number listed.
This should not be a surprise but less expensive homes sell more quickly. At the high end the market is so saturated with homes for sale that it gets very tough to get a good price for your house and it may not sell at all. You have to be patient. If you need to sell quickly, you may have to price it below market value.
When a lot of homes in the same community are on the market, it’s harder for a seller to stand out and get full value for their home. Buyers have a lot of other choices.
In The Oaks 10% of all the homes in the development are listed for sale. The country clubs are similar. 11% of the homes in Stonebridge are on the market. Boca Woods is doing a little better at 6% on the market. Avalon has 6% listed.
Perhaps the most saturated is Le Rivage, a small superluxury development on the northeast corner of Lyons and Clint Moore, where 5 of the 18 houses (28%) are listed for sale. Prices range from $2M up to $3.75M. Across the street Long Lake Estates has over 13% of its homes listed with prices from $1.1M to $7M.
Compare that to Boca Falls where there are only 20 houses listed right now, less than 3% of the development. In Saturnia there are currently 13 homes listed out of 414, just over 3%. The Shores, Boca Greens and Palma Vista all have about 4% of their homes on the market. Mission Bay has 18 houses listed.
Not Saturated
It may be a good time to list when few other homes are listed like yours.
Boca Isles has 19 homes listed out of 876 or around 2%. Boca Winds has even fewer with only 15 houses listed out of 1100 homes in total, not much over 1%. Inventory seems particularly thin in Loggers’ Run with only 11 single family homes on the market. There are only 2 homes listed in The Lakes at Boca Raton (north of Yamato near Cain, and only 6 single family listings in Boca Chase (plus 2 in the 55+ homes). Lexington Estates only has one home listed.
Another area that’s very thin is around Lyons Road south of Glades where there is one home for sale in Escondido and nothing in Timbers of Boca or Pine Springs. The road construction on Lyons may have discouraged sellers.

46 Violations at Saffron & Curry in Delray

Restaurant Inspection Report

Saffron & Curry in Delray had 46 violations on February 21st.

Saffron & Curry had one of the worst inspections we’ve ever seen with 46 total violations including 12 marked high priority. The Indian joint is on Atlantic at Congress. The most offensive of the violations included:

  • Employee handled soiled dishes or utensils and then handled clean dishes or utensils without washing . Dishwasher from dirty to clean dishes without washing hands first. Employee washed hands. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Employee used tobacco, ate, or drank then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing hands. Employee drank from an open beverage container and then returned to food prep without washing hands first. Employee washed hands. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Employee washed hands with no soap. Employee washed hands with no soap when going from cleaning to prepping onions. Employee washed hands. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Rice pudding 66F and yogurt dressing 53-54F at buffet. Added ice . Corrective Action Taken. Peas 46-47F, tomatoes 49-51F, garlic 51-53F, potatoes 52-53, yogurt 48-52F, cooked onions 45-47, cooked lentils 46-50F, goat cheese 46-50F, lamb 44-54F, chicken 44-53F, chicken 48-55F, and shrimp 46F all food at cookline flip top cooler closest to handwash sink. Cooler has an ambient temperature of 48F. Block of ice building up on Coils in back of cooler. Food in cooler for less than 4 hours. Foods moved to working cooler. Corrective Action Taken. Cheese 47-48F and yogurt 48F at cookline flip top cooler closest to walkin cooler. Food on top of make table with a large open gap where air is escaping. Placed container in gap and foods moved to walkin cooler to quick chill. **Corrective Action Taken** **Repeat Violation**
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. 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. Cooked chicken 45-48F Cooling in walkin cooler overnight. Food cooked last night and has been in walkin ever since. Food being cooled in large plastic covered container. Food discarded
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Tandoori chicken 97-119F and chicken curry 105F at buffet . Foods sent to be reheated to 165F. Corrective Action Taken. Cooked veggies 119-125 Hot Holding at cookline on top of stove with no heat turned on. Heat turned on. **Corrective Action Taken**

Closer to West Boca, Ruven’s on Jog had 25 violations, though only 3 were marked high priority.
Cornell Cafe in the Morikami Museum and Gardens (we are members and love this place) was a surprise with 19 violations.
The worst inspection in West Boca was for Lucky Palace in West Boca Square (near Target), with 19 violations, 4 of them high priority.
A few places in Delray Marketplace appear again with fairly high numbers. Japango had 18 violations, 7 of them high priority:

  • Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area. Observed about 5 flying insects at sushi station, on non food contact service, counter. About 5 flying insects at wait station, under shelving.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food prepared from/mixed with ingredient(s) at ambient temperature not cooled to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within 4 hours. Miso butter 46°, cooling overnight in sushi reach in cooler. See Stop Sale. Raw Salmon in sushi case(just prepped) : 50° first temperature, 30 minutes later 50°. Operator had plastic covers holding salmon above cooling elements. Plastic removed Salmon 43°. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food reheated for hot holding not reaching 165 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 seconds within 2 hours. Observed rice from yesterday reheated to 151 degrees. Rice reheated 10 minutes ago. Covered with plastic. Operator chose to discard instead of reheating. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Observed shrimp shells over tofu, in walk in cooler. Operator moved the shrimp shells. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Sanitizer not used in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Observed chlorine sanitizer in bucket at 200+PPM. Operator dumped sanitizer and corrected to 50PPM. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Small flying insects in bar area. Observed about 5 flying insects.
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Observed miso butter at 46 degrees prepared last night.

Terra Fiamma in Delray Marketplace was also hit with 13 violations including 6 high priority. Cabo Flats did better with 9 violations, 3 high priority, while the newer Batch Gastropub had 7 violations, 4 high priority. Cinebowl & Grille did well with just 4 violations, 1 high priority.
On Powerline in Central Boca Jon’s Place had 16 violations though only 2 were high priority. Siam Nippon Thai Sushi had 15 violations, 5 high priority. Nearby Sweet Tomatoes on Beracasa had 14 violations, 4 high priority.
We mentioned earlier on Facebook that Packy’s in the Loggers’ Run plaza was closed for roaches. They reopened quickly and have had two great inspections since, one of them perfect.
Good News
There were eight perfect licensing inspections recently. Most notable to us were:
Angelo’s Ristorante on 441 in Delray Beach near Rio Poco and Saturnia Isles. We’re not sure if they’re open yet but their website says coming soon.
Our Facebook post on the new Square One Restaurant on Glades near Butts got a lot of reader attention.
And we’re not sure when it’s opening but there’s a new place called Oishii (Japanese for tasty) on NW 20th in the FAU student ghetto.

Outback Steakhouse on SW 18th and the Shadowood theater both had perfect inspections.
Villa Rosano on Clint Moore, Hurricane Grill in Mission Bay, and Chow Thai in Shadowood were all nearly perfect with only 2 minor violations each.
We got behind so this week’s spreadsheet has over 270 entries. See for yourself below:
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3 Common Sense Reforms for School Security

Since the Parkland shooting there has been a lot of talk about how to make our schools safer. Instead of getting into standard gun control or gun rights talking points, here are three common sense ideas that would actually make our schools safer and could actually get done if people got behind them.
1. We need a better process for putting dangerous kids on the list for background checks. Almost anyone who looks at the Parkland shooter’s history sees that he should not have been able to legally buy or possess a gun. Broward officials in the school district, DCF, and Sheriff’s office knew enough that they should have done something, but it’s not that easy to get it done.
If a school, county agency, or law enforcement sees a kid who repeatedly demonstrates violent behavior, there should be a way of flagging them so that they show up on a background check. The main background check system, known as NICS, is federal and run by the FBI. So fixing this requires Congress to act, and then requires local and state entities to follow through.
Any such change would need to address due process. The kid and his family should be notified that he is being put on the list, and have the right to a hearing. And there should be reasonable standards – one minor scuffle in third grade shouldn’t be enough put a kid on the list.
There would be some resistance to this idea from the extremes of the gun rights community. I’ve already been yelled at for this. But I’m pretty extreme and I think we should do this. I don’t think the NRA would oppose this and I’m not sure the more radical Gun Owners of America would either.
While I’m on this subject, I suggest that every parent ask their kids if they know of anyone in their school whose history is in any way similar to the Parkland shooter. The odds are that there are one or more like him in most schools. If you find out there is such a kid, do something about it. Talk to other kids and parents. Talk to the school.
2. This one will get a lot of readers angry but take a breath and read the whole thing. You still might like #3. Someone with a concealed carry license can carry a concealed firearm in toy stores, on playgrounds, in malls and restaurants, in concerts and almost everywhere you and your kids go. But in schools they can’t legally protect themselves and those around them.
So let responsible, licensed adults carry concealed in schools. In Florida this would require the state legislature to eliminate exceptions 9 and 10 in Section 790.06(12)(a).
Many readers will not like this. Right now you have several arguments bouncing around in your head. Every single one of them applies equally in the settings mentioned above, where “good guys” are allowed to carry guns. This is just common sense.
People are calling Coach Feis a hero. That’s nice. But if Coach Feis had been carrying a pistol he might have stopped the shooting and saved a lot of lives.
In a typical high school there are roughly 100 adults. If 10% of them carry concealed, that’s an extra 10 people who can stop a shooter. Adding one police officer or security guard doesn’t come close.
Now to be clear, what I’m suggesting would not require any extra training or special approval from anyone, and no one is forced to carry. There are other proposals out there that would require school or sheriff approval and substantial training. I don’t think that’s the best way because it would cost a lot and reduce the number of people ready to protect our kids. A reasonable compromise might be something like an 8-hour course on the special circumstances of carrying in a school.
This idea is unlikely to happen. Gun control leaders will blindly and angrily refuse to consider it because they’re not really interested in common sense steps that would make our kids safer. They just want to ban guns wherever they can.
3. There are longstanding and mostly positive movements in education where kids with special needs are not removed from the general student body, commonly known as “mainstreaming” or “inclusion”. Those two are not identical but the idea is that these kids will do better in life if they spend all or most of their time with regular students. In the past they were more likely to be sent to special schools or special classes within the schools. For most kinds of special needs, mainstreaming and/or inclusion are great.
Violent kids are different. They should not be mainstreamed. They should not be included with the general student body. We had our own personal experience with this a few years ago. Our kid wasn’t hurt but a friend’s kid was. We (four lawyer parents) fought like hell to get the dangerous kid out and we succeeded. It shouldn’t have been that hard.
The Parkland shooter was trouble since elementary school. The district knew. The teachers knew. The county knew. The sheriff knew. He was kept in regular schools and he was bullied. He got in fights, one video of which was widely publicized a couple days ago. That kid should have been in a special school getting special attention for his problems. It would have been better for him and a lot better for everyone else.
This is another area where we have to assure due process. But the pendulum has swung too far. We need to make it easier to remove violent kids from the general school population.
Closing Thoughts
For those who are really concerned about saving lives, we could start with our own foreign policy. We have troops in 177 countries and we’re bombing 7 countries. Our government is killing lots of innocent people. Does anyone remember when people opposed our government doing that?
We could also end the drug war. Sure you can say we’ve only tried it for 104 years (since the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914) and it’ll start working soon. But maybe, just maybe, it’s time to recognize that prohibitions don’t work and increase crime.
That leaves my favorite issue – roundabouts. Carmel Indiana converted over 100 intersections to roundabouts. Traffic fatalities fell by 80% while they went up in neighboring Indianapolis. We can save lives by making our roads safer. Those lives matter too.