Life Savers

Robert Henion’s doctor said he shouldn’t go to the Coconut Creek City Commission when he left the hospital earlier in the day, but Henion said he wouldn’t have missed it for the world. On Aug. 1, Henion was riding on his scooter when he was involved in a traffic accident. He was in critical condition

Meet the Willy Wonka of South Florida

The outcome of this story might be better than winning the golden ticket in “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Fred Meltzer not only got the job of running Hoffman’s Chocolate, but found love, too.  Meltzer started his career about as far from the world of chocolate as one might imagine, working for a boutique

Editor’s Note

Major league stars may get the headlines, but two coaches in Coconut Creek deserve our heartfelt thanks. As our celebration of Father’s Day this month recounts, city employees Lou Italico and Wayne Tobey not only have their own families, but have volunteered countless hours coaching youth sports.  As they go about the city, they often

New Homes for Sale

The Long Pines townhome project is showing that Coconut Creek is having no problem attracting new homeowners. The site preparation is still underway on the 50-unit development and it is 60 percent sold out already, according to developer Klemow Inc. Once again the old real estate adage of “location, location, location” is one of the

Editor’s Note

It’s hard to think of a bigger contrast. A few minutes ago I was reading about the seeming disintegration of Iraq as a nation and then edited this issue’s uplifting article about what the Fourth of July means to residents of Coconut Creek. City Manager Mary Blasi had a great reference at the end of


  Vacant trailer park transformed with lakes, Class A apartments   The Cypress Hammocks Apartments development shows that even a suburban area like Coconut Creek can benefit from redevelopment. Developer Alliance Residential took a former mobile home park and turned it into a 396-unit project with two new lakes, walking trails, a resort-style pool and even


Development company ZOM has drawn from history to come up with the Spanish eclectic style for its Casa Palma apartments in Coconut Creek. Turn back to 1925. That’s when George Merrick told the New York Times how he turned an orange grove near Miami into a modernized Mediterranean city called Coral Gables. “Just how I came

In The Neighborhood

Jeremy Larkin says his neighborhood in Palmetto Bay reminds him of where he grew up in Boston, with its lush foliage and variation in housing. “It’s not like some areas – a residential Disneyland,” he says. “I wanted the neighborhood not the development.” Jeremy, his wife Courtney, and their son Ethan, live in a five-bedroom,