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Dolphins Tread Water Against Woeful Jets Amid National Anthem Debate

written by Ian Hest

It was a beautiful, diving touchdown catch from Devante Parker as time expired in the game.

It was also entirely meaningless.

The 20-7 loss to rival New York Jets, one of the worst teams in the NFL, left the Miami Dolphins feckless and frustrated, casting a cloud over what last week was a promising start to the season.

Just how bad was it? Here’s the entire chronological list of Dolphins drives throughout the game: Punt, Punt, Punt, Punt, Punt, Punt, Punt, Interception (thrown by the Punter), Turnover on Downs, Turnover on Downs, Interception, Touchdown. Game over.

That level of futility put Miami in jeopardy of being shut out for the first time since 2013. Only the Parker dive at the end avoided that.

A 69-yard touchdown from Josh McCown to Robby Anderson was the highlight 30 minutes into the game. Gaining only 49 yards on 24 plays through the first half, Miami was down 10-0 at the break.

But if halftime adjustments were to be hoped for, they surely fell short of the bar, as the Dolphins were dominated in almost every aspect of the game.

Much of the attention around the NFL was given off the field due to previous remarks made by President Trump at a rally in Alabama, in which he called players who didn’t stand for the national anthem “sons of b******.”

Six Dolphins kneeled during the anthem, while the rest of the team, including owner Stephen Ross, locked arms. Several players and coaches wore black t-shirts before the game that read “#ImWithKap,” a reference to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began his protest against police brutality and racial injustice by sitting and kneeling for the anthem last year.

“It just amazes me with everything else that’s going on in the world, especially with the U.S., that’s what you [President Trump] are concerned about?” Dolphins safety Michael Thomas, one of the players who kneeled, said. Thomas did not kneel in the first game. “I’ve got a daughter. She’s going to have to live in this world. I’m going to do whatever I’ve got to do to make sure she can look at her dad and be like ‘You did something. You tried to make a difference.’”

The Dolphins (1-1) next game is in London next Sunday where they will face the New Orleans Saints (1-2). The games is at 9:30 a.m. ET and will air locally on Fox.

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Irma Updates (Including Debris Pick-Up), the Downtown Boca Campus and More

Debris removal

Pieces of roofing on the curb at Briny Breezes have yet to be removed. Photo by Marie Speed.

Pieces of roofing and tree branches on the curb at Briny Breezes have yet to be removed. Photo by Marie Speed.

Just as Florida Power & Light asked customers to be patient while the company restored electricity, officials in Boca Raton and Delray Beach want residents to be patient while trucks pick up debris from Hurricane Irma. Read more

Randy Schultz has lived in Boca Raton since 1985 and has worked as a journalist in South Florida since 1974. He spent 37 years at The Palm Beach Post, the last 23 as editorial page editor. He has written the City Watch blog for Boca Raton Magazine since February 2014. He also writes a weekly oped column for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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Connecting with the Night: Camping in Zimbabwe

Words and photos by Howie Minsky

Today, we spent most of the day planting Zambezi Teak trees to repair a section of forest damaged from several years of overgrazing by a large elephant herd. Trying to maintain a harmonious balance between flora and fauna takes years of preparation and planting and although our work is only a tiny blip on the timeline of this preserve, every bit is needed to make a difference.

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After a long day of planting trees, our reward is a camping trip into the preserve. Just as the sky fades and dusk approaches we load the 4×4 with our camping gear and drive to find a campsite deep in the bush. As we drive through a forested area filled with giraffe, elephant and kudu, we come upon open field on a hill overlooking the Zambezi River, which winds its way through the grassy savanna below. Dotting the vista in fading light, elephants, giraffe and zebras browsed on grasses and leaves.

As we set up camp, a Lilac Breasted Roller, my favorite African bird, lands on a tree branch near me. I throw a handful of raw oats on the ground and he flies down to join me.

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I assemble my tent to face west toward the savanna and the setting sun. The easterly winds blow gently through our campsite and whisk the remaining heat from the day. We gather wood and dry grass and have little trouble finding dozens of branches and logs to keep a fire burning through the night.

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As the flames flicker yellow and orange I scoop the embers beneath the logs to form a circular pile adjacent to our campfire. On the embers I place a black iron kettle filled with water. Within minutes steam rises and we are ready for coffee and tea.

I didn’t think it possible, but I may have found a replacement to the marshmallow. Here in Africa the campfire treat is “Stick Bread.” (Like most things named in Africa, simplicity rules the day.)

First , you make sure to find the perfect long, pointy stick. On the table is a bowl filled with bread dough. You simply tear off a piece and wrap the dough around the top of the stick, holding your stick above the flames for about 20 minutes. When the stick bread turns golden brown, the outside is crispy and the inside is soft and warm. We then pour some condensed milk in a mug and use it for dipping the stick bread. This is to die for—a wonderful treat after a long day working outside.

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We circle the fire with chairs and sit back to enjoy a few beers, the breeze off the savannah and the warm dancing fire. In the distance baboons bark and there’s the occasional roar of a lion. It feels as if everything is quiet inside me, as if I am one with myself. I breathe deeply in the cool air, the darkness soft and deep around me.

Africa is in my soul.


Read more about Howie’s adventures at the “Our Man in Africa page. 

A fallen tree atop a car in Boca Raton. Photo by Randy Shultz.

Boca Raton Nearly Back to Normal After Irma, Debris Remains a Problem

Cleaning up and restoring power

A fallen tree atop a car in Boca Raton. Photo by Randy Shultz.

A fallen tree atop a car in Boca Raton. Photo by Randy Schultz.

As of Monday morning, according to Mayor Susan Haynie, only 140 homes in Boca Raton still lacked electricity. Traffic signals were working, and except for all the debris it was a normal workday. Read more

Randy Schultz has lived in Boca Raton since 1985 and has worked as a journalist in South Florida since 1974. He spent 37 years at The Palm Beach Post, the last 23 as editorial page editor. He has written the City Watch blog for Boca Raton Magazine since February 2014. He also writes a weekly oped column for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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Cage Diving with Carnivorous Crocodiles

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While walking this morning, I meet up with Shamiso, who is on anti-poaching patrol in the preserve.

Shamiso lost his right arm to a crocodile attack while fishing several years ago. When I ask him how it happened, he says he was fishing near the waters’ edge of the Zambesi River when a large croc leapt from the water and grabbed him by his right arm. Struggling to break free, he fell backward over a tree stump, his arm still in the croc’s mouth as he felt himself being pulled to the water. Shamiso braced himself against the stump and was pulling to free his arm when the croc went into its awful death roll, tearing his arm off at the shoulder.

Shamiso was raced to the hospital and narrowly escaped dying from loss of blood.

For more than 250 million years evolution has created the perfect eating machine in the Nile Crocodile. This living dinosaur and ambush predator waits patiently for the ideal moment to attack. As Shamiso says, when they strike, the attack is lightning fast.

After hearing of Shamiso’s experience, I was fascinated by the idea of seeing a croc up close—but safely. So today I’m cage diving with Nile Crocodiles.

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When I arrive at the dive site, I take stock quickly of the dive cage, the scuba equipment—and the three massive crocs drifting nearby. Two are grey-olive in color with a yellowish belly, and the third is an albino. They all are large by any standard—around 14 feet and 1,400 pounds. I lean over the fence for a better view as this apex predator stares back at me like a dinner bell just rang.

As I pull on the wet suit, I am unsure what I will learn from this encounter—or why I am even doing it. I have always been fascinated with the simple response wildlife has to hunger, the powerful instinct of survival. Will being inches away from the vice- like grip of the toothy crocodile jaws answer some age old question?

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As the dive cage is lowered, the crocs, suspended in the murky water, slowly begin to circle me. The sound of my heart pounding fills my ears as they begin to bang their heads against the cage, trying to force their snouts between the bars. Once fully underwater, I come face to face with a long row of teeth only inches from my face.I know this ghastly smile waits for a hand or an arm to dangle within its reach. Were it not for the cage, I know I would be torn apart, a morning snack for this boy. Instead, I take a picture or two, my camera close to my chest.

I wait in the dim underworld for long enough, and slowly rise to the surface.

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I touched his foot and claw which felt hard and unyielding. As he came over the top of the cage I was able to scratch his belly. His underside was softer than his foot and there was give when I pressed into it with my fingers. As I ran my hand across his underside, his belly felt like a leather hand bag.

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I had never before been so close to such an intimidating creature. I feel lucky for the experience. I think of Shamiso and his horrendous encounter and feel it is time for some retribution. I was tired of feeling like lunch. It was time to have some. Just a short walk down the street there is a restaurant where Croc Wraps are on the menu.

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After a nourishing lunch of croc tail with wasabi aioli, lettuce, cucumber, carrots, red onion, and ginger; the score is Howie 1, Croc 0. Please know the Nile crocodile is not an endangered species. In addition, Nile crocodile is farmed in Victoria Falls for leather and meat. The croc farm is one of Victoria Falls largest employers. By enjoying this meal, I am giving back to this economy and supporting the community I respect so much.

I’m looking forward to sharing our next adventure.

Your man in Africa,

Howie Minsky


All photos by Howie Minsky. 

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City Watch After the Storm: Updates and Status

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Irma postscript

Too many homes and businesses still don’t have power. Debris clogs too many streets.

Yet Boca Raton and Delray Beach are not Cudjoe Key or Naples. Read more

Randy Schultz has lived in Boca Raton since 1985 and has worked as a journalist in South Florida since 1974. He spent 37 years at The Palm Beach Post, the last 23 as editorial page editor. He has written the City Watch blog for Boca Raton Magazine since February 2014. He also writes a weekly oped column for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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How You Can Help Your Local Community After Hurricane Irma

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Hurricane Irma bowled over the Caribbean and Florida and left a path of fallen pins in its wake.

But that doesn’t mean they won’t be picked up.

Local businesses and community members are already working to clean up and help those in need after this devastating storm. This report is by no means comprehensive, but here are some relief efforts that you can donate to or volunteer with.

Junior League members Jena LaMendola and Reilly Glasser with baby supplies donated for victims of Hurricane Irma. Photo provided by the JLBR.

Junior League members Jena LaMendola and Reilly Glasser with baby supplies donated for victims of Hurricane Irma. Photo provided by the JLBR.

  • The Junior League of Boca Raton is holding a diaper drive until Oct. 1, and all diapers are being distributed to families in need in the Florida Keys through a partnership with Caring for the Keys. Diapers can be donated to the Vegso Community Center at 261 NW 13 Street, Boca Raton. For questions call 561/620-2553 or email [email protected] JLBR has already donated more than 1,000 diapers to babies who need them in the Florida Keys.
  • Signature Gives Back First Annual Fundraiser will donate 100 percent of sales to victims of Hurricane Irma. The fundraiser will be at Silverball Pinball Museum in Delray Beach Oct. 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is open to children and adults. The event will feature prizes, raffles, a silent auction, unlimited pinball, a skeeball tournament, networking opportunities and more. For more information call 561/705-0140.
  • The City of Boynton Beach and the YMCA are hosting a Hurricane Irma Supply Drive Sept. 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sept. 25-28 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Drop off unused supplies like bleach, diapers, baby wipes and shampoo, tents, batteries, flashlights, toys and games. Drop-off locations are at the Boynton Beach Civic Center, DeVos-Blum YMCA, Boynton Beach Fire Station #2, Boynton Beach Fire Station #5 and the Boynton Beach Police Department. Please call Amy Blackman at 561/742-6236 for more information.
  • Kaufman Lynn Construction and United Way of Broward County are working together to collect non-perishable food and other unused supplies to aid victims of the hurricane. You can drop supplies off at 4850 T-Rex Ave., Boca Raton by Thursday, Sept. 21. All items will be delivered to The Pride Center at Equality Park in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, where they will then be distributed to those most in need.
  • The state and FEMA have opened a Disaster Recovery Center at the Carolyn Sims Center at 225 NW 12 Ave., Boynton Beach. There, people can get information about disaster assistance programs and are encouraged to share their personal situations. Representatives can also help people apply for federal disaster assistance.
  • See our post about local dining events that will contribute to relief efforts.
  • Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa is teaming up with the Young Professionals of the Palm Beaches to put on a Burger & Craft Beer Bash Saturday, Sept. 23 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Breeze Ocean Kitchen. Tickets are $55 for unlimited burger and beer samples, and a portion of the event’s proceeds will go to local Hurricane Irma relief efforts. Tickets can be purchased here.
  • Boca Raton Fire Fighter & Paramedic Benevolent will collect donations to send to the Keys starting Sunday, Sept. 17 through Thursday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fire Station No. 1 at 1151 N Federal Highway. Items needed include water, non-perishable food, bleach, hand sanitizer and camping equipment like tents, lanterns, cots and tarps.
  • There will be a benefit concert at CityPlace in West Palm Beach on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Donate money or bring supplies and listed to live music by the band Holidazed.
  • Wall Miami will donate 100 percent of door sales Friday through Sunday to the Red Cross for relief efforts related to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Friday, Sept. 15 Leo Medina and Johnny Cash will be on the turn tables. Saturday Chicco Secci will start the party, and the weekly party Secret Sin Sunday will be hosted by Dilo and Jonathan Estallo with music by ATG and Nikolas.
  • Spodak Dental Group is acting as a supply drop-off center for AVDA, Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence, which needs nonperishables and supplies for its shelter without power. Spodak is at 3911 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach and is open Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The Adolph & Rose Levis JCC Sandler Center’s Beifield Auditorium on the Federation Campus, 21050 95th Ave. South in Boca Raton, is collecting donations today through Sept. 15 and Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 13 and 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 17. There are volunteer opportunities on-site, and items in need include water, diapers, toothbrushes, underwear, snacks and more. For more information, call Summer Faerman at 561/571-1274 or email [email protected]
  • If you have to go back to work but you have children, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is hosting a Hurricane Break Camp for kids 4 to 12 Thursday, Sept. 14 and Friday, Sept. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It costs $45 for members and $50 for non-members and is first-come first-served. Visit sfsciencecenter.org for more information.
  • You can get a free hot meal at the BB&T Center Sept. 13 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. thanks to 20 food trucks and JetBlue.
  • Sign up to volunteer through Volunteer Florida here.
  • The Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County is accepting donations to its relief fund, which goes directly to those in need. Find out more here.
  • It goes without saying, but you can always find volunteer opportunities through the American Red Cross. You can donate here.
  • You can donate or volunteer with the United Way of Palm Beach County. Learn more here.
  • The Palm Beach Zoo will need volunteers, and it is asking those interested to monitor its Facebook page to see when people might be needed.

We’ve also seen random acts of kindness all over Florida. Take this girl, who delivered donuts to Florida Power and Light crews in Fort Pierce.

Even if you can’t donate money or go out of your way to volunteer, just being a great friend, neighbor and listener will help tremendously after Irma. It’s times like these that we see the absolute best in people.

We’ll update this post as often as possible to keep you informed of even more volunteer opportunities.


Last updated at 2:26 p.m., Sept. 21. 

Shayna is the Web Editor of Boca Magazine. She is a 20-something sorta-recent graduate from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism. Most of her time is spent fawning over cats and kittens; cooking food at home for her family; and observing Florida’s greatest asset: nature.
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The Boca Interview: Lane Kiffin

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This is an excerpt of an interview in our September/October 2017 issue. For more stories like this, subscribe to the magazine


One of college football’s most controversial coaches gets a fresh start at FAU

Written by ALLISON LEWIS

Photos by JASON NUTTLE

Lane Kiffin has one of the most storied careers in American football history. He’s been hired and fired, loved and hated, by some of the best teams in the Pac-12, NFL and SEC.

Late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis fired Kiffin, the NFL’s youngest head coach, in 2008 after a 4-12 season. USC did the same in 2013 after a 64-21 loss to Arizona State. His short stint at Tennessee left fans and students dismayed, then angry, when he started trolling them on Twitter. In January, University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who signed an eight-year extension with the organization, relieved Kiffin, his offensive coordinator, eight days before the Tide’s upsetting loss to Clemson for the 2017 national championship.

Compare this to Florida Atlantic University, whose football program has seen similar ups and downs since its inaugural 2001 season. Legendary head coach Howard Schnellenberger led the Owls to a Sun Belt Conference championship title in 2007 and their first bowl invitation (New Orleans Bowl) the same year. Following his retirement in 2011, FAU hired Carl Pelini as Schnellenberger’s replacement in 2012. Pelini was fired after admitting to illegal drug use, and interim head coach Brian Wright finished the season with bowl eligibility in 2013. Charlie Partridge took over in 2014 and was fired in 2016 after three consecutive 3-9 seasons.

FAU’s president, John Kelly, set out to find a replacement, sitting in on each candidate interview. “I wanted a coach who could take us to the top 25,” he says.

By mid-December 2016, fate intervened. FAU needed a coach; Kiffin needed a job.

“We wanted Lane Kiffin or a Lane Kiffin-type coach,” President Kelly says. “And we got what we wanted.”

So did Kiffin. He’s now head coach of the FAU football program.

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Kiffin’s football legacy started early, as captured in a black-and-white photo displayed on the credenza in his office. Young Lane and his father, Monte Kiffin, are on the sidelines at North Carolina State University, where Monte held his only head coaching job from 1980 to 1982. The caption reads: “Dad and son clown around … NCSU head coach, Monte Kiffin, holds his 5-year-old son Lane atop his shoulders. …” Lane points a finger, his mouth agape, as if hollering at someone.

Today, Kiffin, 42, is a soft-spoken, sarcastic guy with sandy blond hair and brown eyes. He uses Twitter to invite Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West to Owls games, and shares questions like: “Is sand called ‘sand’ because it is between the sea and the land????” Someone close to him likened him, with affection, to “a diva.”

Sometimes, he works out at 5 a.m. with Wilson Love, FAU’s head strength coach. He’s always living and breathing football, a trait that remains constant, despite his regular rotation through NFL and college football teams.

Plenty have offered skepticism about Kiffin’s recent appointment, for one reason or another: his questionable hiring of offensive coordinator Kendal Briles, a former Baylor University coach who is facing litigation for allegedly coercing football prospects with sex while at Baylor; a lawsuit filed against Kiffin by former Alabama wide receiver Antonio Carter, alleging the head coach misled him about a football job at FAU.

Despite it all, Kiffin remains focused on his players and this year’s season, which started Sept. 1 with a match against the Navy Midshipmen.


FAU is different from your time at Alabama in many ways. Why exactly did you take this job?

The president is really committed to a winning football program. … If you look at the track record of the schools over years and years and years, almost every Florida school at some point has won. There’s a reason for that, and the reason is there are great players here. And you get to live in Boca.

What excites you about coaching FAU football?

In the interview process, it was apparent they were excited about winning and doing things differently than they’ve done before. When you go to a place that hasn’t won for a while and you do [win], it’s actually more exciting than [when] you go to a place that’s already been winning and you just keep winning. I’m excited.

Do you have plans to start recruiting more from area high schools?

We do. As we move into the next class going forward, we want the majority of that class to be from Florida, especially from South Florida, because of the quality of players and the quality of coaching here.

FAU has gone three seasons winning only three games. How imperative is it to change that record?

That’s the No. 1 goal. That’s why you’re hired. First step was putting together a really good staff. Now we’ve got to keep working with our players, continuing to recruit and then, as we get closer to it, managing the game so that those close games we win in the fourth quarter.

What’s your vision or dream for this football team and your first season at FAU?

We don’t really … say, ‘We’re aiming to have a championship in Year X,’ whenever that is, because there’s too many variables in football. It still is a team sport. It’s got 85 players on a roster. You get all kinds of variables. Injuries—more injuries probably than any other sport. All we do is try to work to be the best we can in that year, on that day.

How do you plan to get more involved with the Boca community?

We talk about that weekly. We’re still trying to get out as much as we can and meet as many people as we can. It’s unusual to be at a place where there are so many people that don’t know about the football program. We’re always trying to come up with ideas and do the best we can to change that.

Do you plan to stay in South Florida long-term?

We don’t really look at things that way. I’m in a different stage of my life than I would have been had you asked that five to 10 years ago. As you’re younger you’re trying to find the bigger, better job or [higher] salary, or whatever. Sometimes you start to realize it’s more important to find a place where you really feel comfortable, you really like the people that are there and you really feel something special—and a place you want to live, too.

Allison Lewis is the associate editor at Boca Raton Magazine and a native St. Louisan. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. In her spare time, Allison enjoys cooking, playing Ultimate frisbee, reading, traveling and watching sports.
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After Irma, I’m Ready for a “Not So Scary” Halloween This Year

Mamas, I’ve been scared enough during the month of September to last me a lifetime. Between Hurricane Irma—and well HURRICANE IRMA—I’ve decided there shall be nothing scary about Halloween for my family next month.

I’ve reached my quota.

That’s why we’ll be celebrating a fun and festive G-rated Halloween with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World.

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Not-So-Scary is a special after-hours ticketed event guaranteed to make boo-tiful memories for your family. With trick-or-treating throughout Magic Kingdom Park, bewitching fireworks under a pumpkin moon, costumed characters on parade and a wickedly joyous Villain Spelltacular, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party puts your neighborhood block party to shame (sorry!). The party takes place on select evenings through Nov. 1, so you can still go to your favorite local events.

My 4-year-old daughter—and her mummy and daddy—can’t wait to experience Not-So-Scary for the first time. She’ll love the activities, candy, characters, and basically everything Disney. And I’ll love the safety and security of not having to monitor every single piece of candy she puts in her trick-or-treat bag. Halloween dress-up (Disney or otherwise) is encouraged for kids 13 and under, and there are strict rules for the types of costumes kids can wear. So no terrifying clowns or Scream masks, which makes us very happy.

Disney takes safety very seriously, and that peace of mind is a win in my Boca mom book!

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As for eerie entertainment during Not-So-Scary evenings, here’s what you can expect:

  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular – Chills, thrills and villains join in a wickedly fun celebration hosted by the Sanderson Sisters, the trio of witch sisters from Disney’s live action film Hocus Pocus. It’s a Halloween party not to be missed in front of Cinderella’s Castle!

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  • Happy HalloWishes – This fireworks spectacle lights up the Not-So-Scary night. Guests are encouraged to sing along with some of the most infamous Disney villains, including Cruella de Vil, Jafar and Oogie Boogie.

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  • Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade – Led by the Headless Horseman, it’s masquerade mania as Disney characters dress up for the occasion and ghostly floats bring the frights and sounds of the season to Main Street, U.S.A. and other Magic Kingdom viewing locations.

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  • Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet. Deadpan humor and other antics from this Dapper Dans-style “band” scare up the fun in Frontierland.

We are really looking forward to a Not-So-Scary Halloween this year, but also a tame (hurricane-free) rest of 2017! I hope you and your families are safe and well after the storm and that Boca Raton gets back to normal as soon as possible. #floridastrong

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The force was with the Rogers family last Halloween as we dressed up as Luke, Leia and Rey from the Star Wars franchise. Photo provided by Michelle Olson-Rogers.


All photos courtesy of Walt Disney World. 

Admission for select nights to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party starts at $74 per person ages 10+, $69 ages 3-9. Hours: 7 p.m. – midnight.

Visit www.modernbocamom.com for even more fun Halloween ideas! And be sure to subscribe to Modern Boca Mom’s weekly e-newsletter: http://bit.ly/mbmsubscribe.

Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of ModernBocaMom.com, a lifestyle website for the stylish & modern South Florida Mommy. Modern Boca Mom features family events, activities, classes, fitness, dining, travel, home improvement and shopping options—as well as a weekly MOMpreneur spotlight! She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.
The Atlantic Hotel & Spa. Courtesy of the Atlantic Hotel & Spa.

South Florida Hotels and Restaurants Open After Hurricane Irma

Be sure to call these venues before visiting, and abide by local curfews.

We will continue updating this list as we learn more.

Last updated Sept. 15 @ 11:05 am.

Hot? These hotels are open.

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa. Courtesy of the Atlantic Hotel & Spa.

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa. Courtesy of the Atlantic Hotel & Spa.

The Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa reopened Sept. 14 and is taking reservations.

Delano, SLS South Beach and SLS Brickell are offering a reduced rate (now $150 a night) with waived resort fees starting Friday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 17. Applies to Florida residents only.

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa located on Fort Lauderdale Beach has rooms available, and residents of the Barrior Islands without power and/or need a place to stay can book rooms Sept. 12. Starting Sept. 13, the hotel will open for all guests. Room rates start at $199. Call 954/567-8020 or visit www.atlantichotelfl.com.

According to its Twitter account, the Waterstone Resort & Marina is now accepting reservations.

The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort at 321 North Ft. Lauderdale Beach is accepting reservations starting at $169 a night. There is an on-site restaurant and Starbucks for guests.

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa plans to reopen Friday, Sept. 15. at noon. Check www.eaupalmbeach.com for updates.

The Diplomat Beach Resort is open and partially operational and expects to be fully operational with its 10 food and drink venues open by Sept. 16.

Hungry? These restaurants are open.

Taboo in Palm Beach.

NY Grilled Cheese Company in Boca Raton.

Harvest Seasonal Grill + Wine Bar and localgreens in Delray Beach (they’re next to each other).

Some restaurant openings south of Boca – Miami Beach: Fort Dei Marmi (150 Ocean Drive), Via Emilia 9 (1120 15th St.), Villa Azur (309 23rd St.), DÔA (2000 Collins Ave., opens Sept. 15), Yardbird Southern Table + Bar (1600 Lenox Ave); Brickell/Downtown: LaMuse Cafe (270 Biscayne Blvd. Way Suite 102 at EPIC Hotel), EAST, Miami (788 Brickell Plaza), Seaspice opens Sept. 15 (422 NW North River Drive); Coral Gables: Swine Southern Table + Bar (2415 Ponce De Leon Blvd.), Spring Chicken (1514 S Dixie Highway).

All South Florida Smokey Bones are open.

Grato in West Palm Beach.

The Habit Burger Grill has opened all of its Palm Beach County locations, which include Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Royal Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens.

V&S Deli in Boca Raton.

Caribbean Grill in Boca Raton.

Havana Restaurant in West Palm Beach.

Popcorn House in Delray Beach is opens at noon Sept. 14. Something fun to brighten your day, we think!

Pollo Tropical restaurants are open in many areas. Check their Facebook page to find the nearest to you.

Corner Porch in Delray opens today with normal hours and a limited menu.

La Bamba is open in Delray, as well as all their other locations.

Big City Tavern on Las Olas.

Louie Bossi’s in Boca Raton.

Grease Burger Bar in West Palm and City Cellar in City Place all have normal hours Sept. 12 (depending on curfews in each city).

Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar is open in Fort Lauderdale, Boca, Delray, West Palm and Palm Beach Gardens.

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek is open.

Pig-Sty BBQ in Boynton Beach is open and has an area for guests to charge their cell phones.

III Forks Prime Steakhouse in Palm Beach Gardens will open Sept.12 at 5 p.m.

Josie’s Ristorante in Boynton Beach.

Restaurants in Gulfstream Park in Hallendale Beach are open: BRIO Tuscan Grille, ROK:BRGR and Yard House.

BRIO Tuscan Grille restaurants are also open at Boca Center, Palm Beach Gardens, and CityPlace in West Palm Beach with regular hours and a limited menu.

BRAVO Cucina Italiana Harbourside Jupiter is open with a limited menu.

Here is the latest on open restaurants in downtown Delray:

Some Duffy’s locations are open. Click here for open locations.

All Tap 42 locations are open.

According to a an ABC 10 News article, 20 food trucks will be serving free hot food at the BB&T Center in Sunrise Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Blaze Pizza in Palm Beach Gardens, Royal Palm Beach and Boca Raton is open. All first responders and utility workers assisting in Hurricane Irma relief efforts get a free pizza and drink now through Sunday, Sept. 17 with valid ID at all Florida Blaze Pizza locations.

Several Hooters locations are open Sept. 13, including in Boca Raton.

Max’s Grille in Delray Beach is open.

The Cheesecake Factory in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach are open, though the Palm Beach Gardens location appears to be closed.

The Town Center Mall is open, though you should call 561/368-6001 to see what stores are open.

Rebel House opened Sept. 12 for partying with a limited menu.

Burgers are available at Charm City Burger Company in Deerfield.

All Bolay locations are open with phone and online ordering.

Dunkin Donuts at 1200 Yamato Road, Boca Raton is open! Yay coffee! At the same plaza, Jersey Mikes and Palm Beach Bagel are open.

Many McDonald’s locations are open, but check to see if the one nearest you is operating.

Brule Bistro in Delray beach will open Sept. 13 at 5 p.m.

City Oyster in Delray Beach opens at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 13.

And finally a great deal at Burgerfi! Call your nearest store to check the deals.

Ouzo Bay in Mizner Park will be open Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Offerdahl’s on Military Trail in Boca Raton is open, though it has no internet or phone service. This has been confirmed by our die-hard office Offerdahl’s lunch crew.

Many TooJay’s restaurants are open, including locations in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Coral Springs, Lake Worth, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens (opening at 2 p.m. Sept. 13), Palm Beach and Wellington.

Junior’s in Mizner Park opens at 4 p.m. Sept. 13.

All SuViche locations.

All LIME Fresh Mexican Grill locations.

Atlantic Grill at The Atlantic Hotel is open with a full menu.

Xtreme Action Park.

Brooklyn Water Bagel store are open in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Delray, West Boca, Lake Worth, and Palm Beach Gardens.

All Hoffman’s Chocolates are open, and are offering include free ice cream for first responders and utility workers, Children’s Chocolatier classes for kids while school is out and buy-one-get-one ice cream for everyone else.

Henry’s in Delray Beach.

Prime, a Delray Beach supper club, opens tonight (Sept. 13) with a special: three lobsters and a glass of wine for $49.

Sloan’s in on Clematis and in CityPlace in West Palm Beach is open. The locations in Delray and Boca are also open with respect to the curfew. We could all use some cold, sweet ice cream.

Bonefish Grill locations that are open: Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Coral Springs, Weston, Fort Lauderdale and Plantation.

Burt & Max’s in Delray Beach will open at 3 p.m. for bar service and 5 p.m. for dinner with a limited menu.

The Melting Pot in Boca Raton.

Starbucks in Mizner Park.

Racks in Mizner Park.

Uncle Julio’s in Mizner Park.

32 East on Atlantic Ave. is open for happy hour at 5 p.m. Sept. 13 with dinner starting at 5:30 p.m.

The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill in West Palm Beach is open.

Batch Gastropub in Delray Marketplace.

PB Catch in Palm Beach.

Even though school will not start until next week, some public schools will open to serve children 18 and younger.


Last updated Sept. 15 @ 11:05 a.m.

Shayna is the Web Editor of Boca Magazine. She is a 20-something sorta-recent graduate from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism. Most of her time is spent fawning over cats and kittens; cooking food at home for her family; and observing Florida’s greatest asset: nature.