Teen Skater Arrested in West Boca for Broward Hit and Run?

Greg Holt mugshot from PBSO
Greg Holt mugshot from PBSO

Update: Broward Sheriff records indicate Holt was arrested for Grand Theft Auto. For now at least there are no charges indicating he caused the fatal accident. 
Greg Holt, a globally ranked street skateboarder from Deerfield Beach, was arrested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office last night, just a few days after his 18th birthday.
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A reader reported:

They arrested […] who is suspected in the hit and run in coconut creek on Saturday night that killed the single dad.

Coral Springs Talk reported that police were searching for a male approximately 18 years of age from that incident. Charlie Ruiz (39) was killed in the accident.

Charlie Ruiz and his daughter; photo from Coral Springs PD
Charlie Ruiz and his daughter; photo from Coral Springs PD

We have reached out to PBSO and Coral Springs police to verify if Holt was arrested because of this incident. And we remind our readers that arrestees are innocent until proven guilty.
Holt is well known in the skating community, with over 10,000 followers on Instagram though the posts are restricted to approved followers.
His Facebook profile is full of skating images and videos.
Photo from Holt's Facebook page.
Photo from Holt’s Facebook page.

Update – Further comment from reader:

This was Greg Holt and [we were ] there with him … as the cops had surrounded them as they pulled into the store to get a pizza. We where all held for about 3 hours. … it was Gregs 18th bday and he was coming to see […] after being at the coconut creek party when he flipped the car and killed the vehicle that was hit head on. This is such a tragic situation for all involved. He’s a good kid who had a bright future ahead of him and now it will most likely be spent In prison for the next 20 years. I just keep thinking this could’ve been any of us when we were young. Please keep all families involved in your prayers.

We would predict a prison sentence of 10 years with him getting out in roughly 8 years. It also may be difficult for prosecutors to prove Holt was the driver, that the accident was his fault, and that he has criminal culpability for it (as in the Stracar decision). However, leaving the scene of an injury accident may be easier to prove and that is still potential prison time.

Fire Closes Walmart in Coconut Creek

Image by Google
Image by Google

Early Sunday morning readers notified us of problems at the Walmart on Hillsboro and 441 in Coconut Creek. They saw fire rescue and police vehicles and indicated the store was closed and surrounded by crime scene tape. The store is still closed as of this writing.
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Image by Google

We reached out to Walmart as well as to Coconut Creek first responders. We heard back first from Leslie Wright, Senior Media Relations Manager at Walmart’s corporate office in Arkansas. She told us the fire is still under investigation and confirmed the store is still closed. They hope to reopen as soon as possible. She indicated the damage is still being assessed.
The Coconut Creek Police Department referred us to Fire Marshal Jeff Gary of the city’s Fire Rescue team.
Jeff Gary of Coconut Creek Fire Rescue
Jeff Gary of Coconut Creek Fire Rescue

He told us that a fire was reported inside the store Sunday morning at 2 am. The fire was mainly on one rack of shelves. Store employees mostly extinguished it and it was almost out by the time Fire Rescue arrived on scene. There was smoke damage to some produce and other open items including clothing.
Mr. Gary told us that the store is now mostly or all cleaned up. They hope to be open late tonight or first thing in the morning.
Cause of the fire is under investigation by CCFR and CCPD.
From the police report:

On 04/10/2016 at approximately 0157 hours, I responded to 5571 Hillsboro Blvd (Walmart) in reference to a fire.
A small fire was extinguished between aisle 17 and 18 of the check-out lanes by Officer Feisthammel and various Walmart employees. Fire Rescue located a large lighter directly in front of the engulfed aisle. Due to the heavy smoke within the store, all of the patrons and employees were evacuated and CCPD locked it down for security purposes. While on crowd control, Officer Bailey was approached by [Name omitted] (age 33). [He] stated his son, [name omitted] (age 6) was possibly to blame. [Omitted] stated while he was checking out in an adjacent aisle, he lost sight of his son and stated he was possibly playing with a lighter. Ofc. Bailey spoke with [the boy] who acknowledged playing with a lighter. [The boy] was crying uncontrollably and stated he was sorry for his actions but did not directly admit to starting the fire.
The assistant store manager … stated Walmart will be able to provide CCTV surveillance in the near future should it be needed. Centeno notified the stores GM … of the incident. Both [managers] are aware of the … family and the actions of the 6 year old. There were no injuries reported as a result of the fire. Photos of the fire were taken and submitted to Foray as evidence. Case cards issued.

The police report indicates the family lives in the Emerald Bay apartments at Boca Entrada (west side of 441 near SW 18th).

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Image and map data by Google

New Theater in Promenade

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For those who don’t know it, Promenade at Coconut Creek is on the west side of Lyons Road just south of Wiles, about 3 miles south of the county line. Last year we wrote about changes coming to The Promenade. One of them is about to open.
Here’s a short video version of the story, with more detail in the article below:

Silverspot is a small chain with theaters in two other locations, one in Naples and the other in North Carolina. They are adding to that with this new one, which will have 11 theaters and total seating for around 1500 people. The theater is on the southwest corner of the Promenade plaza, behind the Lane Bryant store and not far from World of Beer.
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While not open for business yet, they expect to start showings in just a couple days. And they were kind enough to give us a quick tour inside.
There is a lobby, bar and restaurant area as you enter, which was busy with staff and final preparations so we didn’t get a good picture of that. On one side as you enter are electronic kiosks for buying tickets. Going along with the trend we’ve seen at other theaters, seating is reserved and most tickets are now bought in advance on line. There is no box office but they do have a customer service counter where you can try to buy tickets – if they’re not already sold out.
In the back of this lobby area there is a counter for buying popcorn, other snacks, and some pre-packaged items from the restaurant. The restaurant is a bit of a big deal. They’re not releasing the name or full description yet, but it’s apparently connected to Iron Chef and Top Chef reality TV competitor David Burke. Burke has several restaurants, mostly in the NYC and NJ area. This will be his first in Florida.
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After you pass the refreshments a hallway takes you to the theaters. The interior uses a lot of black color:
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Inside the theaters are set up with deluxe chairs and stadium seating.
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There is also an upstairs hallway which helps provide greater access for disabled customers. In most theaters wheelchairs are stuck sitting in or near the front row but this feature allows them to sit up high if they prefer.
Tickets will be $14.50, with a reduced rate of just under $10 for kids and seniors. The best way to buy them is on the company website at silverspotcinema.net.
One particularly cool feature you can see in some of our photos is the wind turbine situated between the theater and the rest of Promenade. Along with a number of other environmental features they are hoping to get LEED certification for the building.
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While we were in the plaza we also noticed a new “dessert place”, Batter Co, very close to the new theater. They’ve been open for about four weeks and feature cupcakes as well as some frozen desserts.
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58 Violations? Restaurant Inspections for Near Boca

Our Near Boca restaurant inspection reports cover parts of Delray Beach Coconut Creek, Parkland and Deerfield Beach, and a few other spots.

Odyssey Diner; Image: Google
Odyssey Diner; Image: Google

Odyssey Diner on Jog Road in Delray Beach was hit by inspectors in February with a whopping 58 violations. Seven of the violations were “high priority” and included a stop-sale on bean soup that was not kept at the proper temperature for over 24 hours.

Dishmachine chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength. Discontinue use of dishmachine for sanitizing and set up manual sanitization until dishmachine is repaired and sanitizing properly. 0 PPM CHLORINE
Employee failed to wash hands before putting on new set of gloves to work with food. Cook. **Corrected On-Site** **Repeat Violation**
Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Pancake batter 72°, corned beef hash 68°, egg wash 56°, egg white 69°, butter 72°. Single service bitter 68°. And single service sour cream 69°. Items had been on the cook line for one hour per the cook. Corrective action taken, told operator to ice down items and make an application for using time as a public health control for breakfast items on the cook line.
Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Raw unwrapped beef on top of box of ready to eat lasagna in Walk in freezer.
Shell eggs held at room temperature with an ambient air temperature greater than 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Shell eggs on cooks line held for one hour – temperature at 72°. Corrective action taken – placed back on reach in cooler.
Spray bottle with chemical/toxic substance stored near/on/above food preparation surface or food. WD40 on shelf in cook line area.
High Priority – Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Bean soup walk in cooler 46° for more than 24 hours. Corrective action taken – operator immediately threw out.

The diner is across the street from Kings Point, which likely serves as a major source of customers. Their previous inspection in December had 32 violations.
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Our regular readers in West Boca and West Delray may be more concerned about the 48 violations found at Japango in Delray Marketplace in early January (yes, we fell a little behind). Eleven of those were high priority, including an unclear stop sale and live small flying insects:

All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in reach-in cooler cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Cream cheese, tuna, surimi and eel at 47-54°f in to sushi bar display case. Corrective action taken, moved inside a cooler.
Employee began working with food, handling clean equipment or utensils, or touching unwrapped single-service items without first washing hands. **Corrected On-Site**
Live, small flying insects in food preparation area.
Nonexempt fish offered raw or undercooked has not undergone proper parasite destruction. Fish must be fully cooked or discarded. No proof of parasite destruction provided for escolar and smoked salmon served at the sushi rice.
Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Shredded cabbage 79°f, tempura batter 78°f at the prep area, discarded Eel, white fish and roe at 61°f in a flip top reach in cooler, discarded. **Repeat Violation**
Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Brown rice at the sushi bar at 87°f, discarded. Sushi rice at 84°f, no time control, operator unable to test the ph with their ph meter. Discarded.
Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Raw shrimp over tofu in a reach in cooler. Raw beef and fish over soy sauce in the walk in cooler **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. Poultry over seafood.
Shell eggs held at room temperature with an ambient air temperature greater than 45 degrees Fahrenheit. At the cookline. Corrective action taken moved inside a cooler.
Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse.
Vacuum breaker missing at hose bibb. Sushi bar hose attached to prep sink faucet

On the bright side they also had an inspection on Monday, March 9th and that had only one minor violation.
Other restaurants in Delray Marketplace had less than stellar inspections including Terra Fiamma, Bella Amici Pizzeria and Cinebowl with 19 violations each. Cinebowl had stop sales on chili and queso, but had a perfect follow-up inspection yesterday. Cabo Flats had 18 violatons while Tap Global Beer had 13. Shula Burger did better with only 10. On the bright side Apeiro had a perfect licensing inspection.
The best routine inspection in this report goes to the Tijuana Flats on Hillsboro in Coconut Creek (across from Walmart and near Bru’s Room) with only two violations. Jimmy John’s on 441 in Coconut Creek also did well with three minor violations.
The full list of inspections, from most violations to least, is below in Excel form:
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Dirty Inspection at Muddy Waters? Near Boca Inspection Report

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November was not a good month for the Muddy Waters Restaurant as far as inspections go. The inspector found a total of 30 violations including 6 marked “high priority”:

  • Dishwasher handled soiled dishes or utensils and then handled clean dishes or utensils without washing hands.
  • Employee failed to wash hands before putting on new set of gloves to work with food. Cook working with raw chicken and moving to other food glove change no hand wash.
  • Live flies in kitchen.
  • Nonexempt fish offered raw or undercooked has not undergone proper parasite destruction. Fish must be fully cooked or discarded.
  • Single-use gloves not changed as needed after changing tasks or when damaged or soiled.
  • Cook touch garbage by dish machine the continues to prep food no glove change.
  • Wiping cloth sanitizing solution bucket stored near/on/above food preparation surface or food.

Muddy Waters is on Hillsboro, just west of Military Trail, in Deerfield Beach. Second worst in this month’s “Near Boca” report goes to Gordo’s Grill on Sample Road in Margate.
No restaurant had what we consider a perfect inspection (callback inspections don’t count).
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The best in this report goes to the new Char Hut burger place on Sample in Coral Springs with just one minor violation in their licensing inspection. Others with good numbers include the popular Colombian restaurant Medellin near the northwest corner of 441 and Wiles Road (2 minor violations); the Panera on 441 near the southeast corner of the same intersection (3 minor violations); and a new place, The Grille at the Bridges, which appears to be for residents of that development and their guests (3 violations including 1 “high priority”). As if you didn’t already want to live there:

The Grille at The Bridges will offer amazing cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks at The Club, poolside and coming soon — home delivery.

Other notables near Boca in November include:

  • Jake’s Wayback Burgers – Coconut Creek (18 violations including 2 high priority and a warning)
  • Bru’s Room – Coconut Creek (15 violations / 3 high priority)
  • Santo’s Buffet – Coconut Creek (14 / 2)
  • Big Bite Bagel & Deli (new) – Coconut Creek (14 / 1)
  • La Bamba Mexican – Delray Beach (13 / 2)
  • NYY Steak in Seminole Casino – Coconut Creek (12/2)
  • Blue Agave – Parkland (9/2 with a paperwork warning)

As usual, our full spreadsheet for this report is below.
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