Salon Aqua – Aquarius Beauty Parlor

Salon Aqua – Aquarius Beauty Parlor

On the Aquarius South Building the Salon Aqua Beauty Parlor is open for residents and visitors. Salon Aqua is proud to serve Men and Women.

> Please call Dimitri Vladimir for appointment   tel.: 305-0758

The Salon Aqua is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Other days by appointment only. Please call for a even more  beautiful you. Walk ins are welcome.

Partial List of services offered:

  • Hairstyling and Barber. Skin Care and Waxing 

  • For Ladies: Haircut, Blow-dry, Color 

  • Deep Conditioning, Keratin and more

  • For Gentlemen: Haircut, Mustache, Color

  • Kids are welcome

  • Pedicure and Manicure for both sexes

  • Waxing

  • Skin Care

  • Time Saver Facial

  • Microdermabrasion

  • Acid Peels

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Face Masks for everyone. It’s the law 04/09/2020

Face Masks for everyone. It’s the law                 04/09/2020


Dear All ( 2556 HBCA Recipients ) :

Emergency Order – Facial Covering

The City of Hollywood has issued an Emergency Order effective tomorrow, Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. ordering that all persons outside their homes and within a public place such as a grocery store, hardware store, pharmacy, restaurant, or other deemed essential business, are mandated to wear a cloth facial covering consistent with the current CDC guidelines. All individuals providing delivery services shall wear a form of covering over their noses and mouths while making deliveries.

For additional information click: read the order on the City’s website(Full transcript at the bottom of this post)

Frank De Risi

Pres. HBCA


No mask? No problem.

U.S. Surgeon General shows how to make face masks. All required it is a piece of cloth, a couple of rubber bands. It takes less than 45 seconds. Bellow there is another suggestion. It takes even less seconds…


This one from men’s brief takes just under 30 seconds. It is also possible to make a facial mask from panties. Youtube is full of creative suggestions that help you protect yourself and protect others.  



On March 11, 2020, a State of Emergency was declared in the City of Hollywood by Mayor Josh Levy relating to the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”), and subsequently redeclared on March 18, 2020, March 25, 2020, April 1, 2020, and April 8, 2020.

COVID-19 is believed to spread by respiratory droplets that come from the mouth and nose. It is believed that people who are asymptomatic can still spread COVID-19 by breathing, talking, laughing, coughing, and sneezing. Recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) issued guidance that the general population should wear cloth facial coverings to capture the respiratory droplets of asymptomatic people to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, numerous local governments have adopted various versions of orders that request that all persons outside their homes wear a cloth facial covering consistent with the current CDC guidelines. These orders are designed to protect the health and well-being of the community by slowing the spread of COVID-19.

As of today, the City of Hollywood is aware of confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its jurisdictional boundaries. To limit the potential community spread of COVID-19, it is now necessary for the City of Hollywood to continue to implement restrictions for the general health, safety, and welfare of the community.

Pursuant to Section 252.38(3) and 252.46, Florida Statutes and Section 1.01 of the Charter of the City of Hollywood, as well as section 40.01, City Code of the City of Hollywood, the City has the power to issue emergency orders with the force of law. The City Manager has expressly been authorized to issue Emergency Orders.


 Section 1.     Covering of Nose and Mouth. All persons outside their homes and within a public place such as a grocery store, hardware store, pharmacy, restaurant, or other deemed essential business, are mandated to wear a cloth facial covering consistent with the current CDC guidelines. All individuals providing delivery services shall wear a form of covering over their noses and mouths while making deliveries.

Section 2.    Types of Coverings. A covering over the nose and mouth shall include a face mask, homemade mask, or other cloth covering, such as a scarf, bandana, handkerchief or other similar cloth covering. All persons should avoid the utilization of surgical masks or N95 rated masks as those are critical supplies for health care workers, police, fire, emergency management, or other persons engaged in life and safety activities.

Section 3.   Other Personal Protective Equipment. All essential businesses are strongly encouraged to implement policies for employees to use other personal protective equipment, such as gloves, subject to the availability of such items. All essential businesses are strongly encouraged, subject to availability, to provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers (at least 60% alcohol content) for use by customers and employees, provide disinfecting wipes at points of entrance, cash registers, and/or other appropriate locations, for customers to disinfect carts, shopping baskets, or point of sale terminals, or, alternatively designate staff responsible for disinfecting carts, shopping baskets, point of sale terminals, and other areas as frequently as possible.

Section 4.       Enforcement. This Order is in addition to, and supplements, the City’s Declaration of a State of Emergency, City Emergency Orders, County Emergency Orders, and State of Florida Executive Orders and shall be strictly adhered to at all times. This Order may be enforced by City law enforcement personnel through issuance of Notices to Appear or arrest, pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 252, Florida Statutes, and other applicable state, County and City laws, rules and regulations, or through the issuance of Code Violations and Notices of Violation pursuant to applicable provisions of Florida law, Chapter 162, Florida Statutes, and City Code.

Section 5.          Effective Date.    This Emergency Order is effective as of 12:01 a.m. on April 9, 2020 and shall remain in full force and effect until terminated.


Ordered by: _____________________________
Dr. Wazir Ishmael, City Manager



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Are Masks Helpful? Covid 19

Are Maks Helpful?   Covid 19

If you have 4 minutes you may want to watch this clip. It comes from the Czech Republic.

Some find it an extremely valuable lesson.  Facial masks are now mandatory in the City of Hollywood, FL. 04/09/2020.


Remember:  I protect you. You protect me.




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Free (and not) Movies and Shows for you at Aquarius

Free (and not) Movies and Shows for you at Aquarius

Free movies and TV shows are abundant at Aquarius. Let’s see some ways to find them:

Of course you must have the X1 system installed in your apartment. Also the internet connection must be properly set up. If you have not upgraded your installation some features may not be available. Have you user id and password of your Comcast account handy!

Comcast Xfinity offers thousands of free on demand films. They also offer recent releases for a price. It helps to browse the computer to find the titles. The link  gives a panoramic view of  the free offers.

The premium Channel HBO that is included in our Aquarius contract with Comcast/Xfinity is another gold mine of good titles. HBO offers also thousands of films. The quality tends to be better than Comcast on demand. Also the series are remarkable. Game of Thrones, Sopranos, Little Big Lies are a few of the great number of good series available.  With your Comcast account you can watch the HBO collection anywhere in the United States. Check out HBO GO and HBO NOW. The catalog may be seen here

PBS also presents a limited catalog on demand. You may check it out here  after finding your preference the search of Comcast will locate the specific program. Of course you may want directly to the search available in your TV you may use even the verbal search but the functionality is not always the best. A computer or a smart phone may help you find item faster.

There are temporary offers that ave very interesting:

Amazon Prime. If you are not a subscriber you can get a trial subscription valid for 30 days. Amazon Prime has about 14.000 (yes fourteen thousand) titles available. It offers more that shows, films and music. In the spirit of Amazon there are many titles that Prime customers have to pay. How to get there? Comcast now has a link to Amazon. You also may use your smart TV or you BD-DVD player to get Amazon Prime. The Comcast search not always presents all you can get with Amazon Prime. Here again the computer or the smart phone may be of help to find the show you are looking for.

Netflix offers a month free you are not a subscriber. Depending on who you ask there are 4.000 or 6.000 titles offered by Netflix. Many British TV series are available (Father Brown?). Netflix has many in house production that are exclusive for Netflix customers. Some of them are Oscars winners others not so much. The quality varies but there are many interesting productions.

Disney+ the new streaming  service offers a 7 days free trial. The catalog includes 500 movies. It is a must if kids are in the household. Disney is free for one year to Verizon smart phone clients.

Also there is Hulu a complex offer that may be an alternative for those that have no cable. It is not the case for Aquarius residents. But they have exclusive titles not available anywhere else. There is a bundle of Hulu plus Disney+ that may be of interest.

Until April 19, 2020 the following premium channels are free:

Showtime (Billions, Homeland), Epix (Godfather or Harlen, Hunger Games), History Channel Vault, Pluto are a few other free offers with very interesting content.

And about some study? Great Courses, Coursera, TED are some options. But this we will discuss another day. Have you ever browsed YouTube. They also offer a free trial for their Premium service.

Do you have any suggestions? Please make a comment in this site or better yet send an eMail to (sometimes I read my email hehehehehehe)


Corona virus worries you? Check this by the Israel Defense Minister:


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Corona? L’Italia Non Si Ferma

Corona? L’Italia Non Si Ferma



Laugh is good for your health:


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Hollywood Groundhog Day – February 2 – Only for the Brave

Hollywood Groundhog Day   February 2            Only for the brave!     Braves of all ages are invited!

Breakfast and T-Shirt included for the benefit of the Hollywood Beach Lifesavers.

Frank De Risi

President, HBCA


More information:

tel 954-929-9334  or

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Join the Board of Aquarius few days left

   Join the Board of Aquarius very few days left to register intention to run!


Ben Franklin said: “You have a Republic if you can keep it.” The meaning is clear: participate or loose it.


♦  The deadline is  Thursday December 12.

♦  Isn’t time for  you to  throw your hat in the ring?

♦  Five (5) positions for the Board are open.

♦ A strong community is a community where all participate.

♦  Bring your love for Aquarius into action!

♦ The Aquarius Condominium Association needs a few men and women of course!



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Aquarius Elevators Project Overview 2019

Aquarius Elevators Project Overview


The renewal of the elevators of Aquarius project was funded in December of 2016 with the approval of a Special Assessment and a Loan from Popular Bank (also known as Popular Banking Association).

The 15 million Special Assessment (2017 SA) reserved one million dollars for the renewal of the 7 elevators of Aquarius.

In November of 2017  the  RFP (Request for Proposal), received proposal from four elevators firms. The range of proposals was from 1.4 million to 2.45 million dollars. The winning bid was awarded to Premier Elevators of Georgia, which was the lowest bid, under the advice of the Special Consultant hired to oversee the renovation project.

Premier Elevators’ bid excluded the cab finishes, electrical upgrades and civil construction needs. It also excluded the external elevator doors.

These ancillary items had an estimated cost of $200,000. Each cab about $25,000, thus 4 cabs for $100,000. Electrical and construction items about $100,000. To this we should add contingency and miscellaneous expenses.

So, the overrun on the cost of the project was $600,000 ($400,000 of the bid plus ancillary of $200,000).

Time-wise we also had very long delays. Each elevator was supposed to take 15 weeks. Both Aquarius Towers were supposed to be worked simultaneously. So, the overall time should have been 45 weeks. To this we should add another 15 weeks for the Gym and West Deck elevator.

In the most conservative estimate, the project should have been completed by December 0f 2018.

A good project management strives to complete the work on time and under budget. This did not happen in the Aquarius elevator renewal.

Projected Time: 60 weeks or December 2018. The time it took to reach the substantial completion: 104 weeks as of November 2019. A 100% delay.

Budget estimated at       –>         $1,000,000

Spent at least                   –>         $1,600,000

Notwithstanding the budget overrun and these issues, we still struggle with several miscellaneous items.

What is still needing attention?

  1. Many doors are noisier than the old elevators. Some progress has been observed in recent months but several doors where rubbing metal to metal which need to be addressed.
  2. Electrical panels: on some floors they are affixed with tape. The LED signage is also faulty in several floors.
  3. The verbal floor announcements seem to work randomly.
  4. Same with the loud bells for the elevator arrival announcement. When they work, they are too loud.
  5. The tile flooring in the South Tower personal elevators are not the same. One has glossy tile while the one next to it has a satin finish. It’s difficult to understand the reason for this kind of discrepancy.
  6. The elevators do not display the required License of Operation. The North Tower A Elevator exhibits a license that is expired. The other elevators do not show the operation permits.




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Sun Shuttle: It is free and replaces the Hollywood Trolley

Sun Shuttle: It is free

and replaces the Hollywood Trolley

The new way to go around in Hollywood is the Sun Shuttle. It is a hop on-hop off service offered in 3 service areas.

For Aquarius residents the most relevant it is “Hollywood Beach.” It serves the AIA (Ocean Drive) from Hallandale Beach Blvd. (7/11 – Convenience Shop  –  Hide Beach Residences) to Dania Beach Blvd (Renaissance Condo. – Quarterdeck – Dania Beach Fishing Pier).

The  two additional service areas are: Downtown Hollywood and US-1/Federal Highway. Maps and details available here

How to catch a ride on the Sun Shuttle? Two ways:

1. Get the RIDE CIRCUIT app and request the ride. Or

2. Wave Down the passing Sun Shuttle.

The free Sun Shuttle accommodates 5 passengers and provides storage for beach gear such umbrelas, chairs, toys…

The ON-DEMAND free Sun Shuttle is easy to request if you have the app on your phone. It is available for Apple (iPhone)  and  Google (Android).

Get your app here:     App Store and Google Play

The shuttle service is free (non mandatory tips to the drivers are  welcome, of course) and runs every day from 10 am to 9pm. Fridays and Saturdays it is available until 10 pm.

Additional information maps, details at the Hollywood web site:  here  or

scroll to the botton for more info.


You also may visit to see the CIRCUIT availability in several areas such as F. Lauderdale, Miami, San Diego, NYC, Jersey Shore, Boston and several more.

The app will work in any of the served areas.


Do you miss the Hollywood Trolley?   This site has some information on this no more operating service.


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ALERT: Trump at the Diplomat Hotel – Saturday 12/7/19 – A1A will be closed from 6 to 9 pm

ALERT:   Trump at the Diplomat Hotel

Saturday 12/7/19 

A1A will probably be closed from 6 to 9 pm

Be advised that a that traffic will be very difficult at this time  and heavy police presence is expected.

Please make your plans accordingly.  Sun Sentinel note.

According the Hollywood Police the presidential visit is not expected to disrrupt the Candy Cane Parade that starts at 7:00 pm (12/7/2019) at the Hollywood Broadwalk –  from Missouri to Harrison Street.

This is the 64th traditional annual Hollywood Christmas Celebration. The Master of Ceremonies will be stationed at Hollywood Beach Theatre across from Margaritaville.

Additional details may be found in this link here       Sun Sentinel




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