Aquarius Beach Access Alternative

Aquarius Beach Access Alternative

In October of 2017 we had the first proposal for the stairs leading to the beach from the Aquarius East deck. You can review them here.

Given the high cost and some anticipated permit difficulties the Engineering and Construction firms conducting the 40 Year Recertification exercise presented an alternative. This is a wood structure that goes in the North to South direction as the present concrete stairs go. The present concrete stairs structure besides having some structural issues do not conform with the Florida Construction Code enforced by the City of Hollywood.

Click any photo to see the full set of renditions of the new proposal in a slideshow format:



John McCain was buried at the cemetery of the Naval Academy, Annapolis MD, September 02, 2018.  He was a Senator, a Soldier, a War Hero. His name was synonymous of Honor, Valor, Country before Party, Principle before Politics. He leaves a enormous space that will be hard to fill up. Here a small sample of his dignity, integrity and generosity.

October 2008



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Aquarius Gym New Equipment – Get Acquainted

Aquarius Gym New Equipment – Get Acquainted Sessions

Wednesday September 4,  9 am and 7 pm

It is important to get acquainted with the equipment recently installed in the Aquarius Gym.

Orlando Herrera

Orlando Herrera is going to offer a couple of 15 minutes walk through the new exercise machines.
These informal information sessions are scheduled for Wednesday  September 5th., 2018. There will be one session at 9 am and another at 7 pm.

Registration is not necessary by it would be nice if you put your name in the list at the Security Reception Desk. This way  Orlando  may know how many residents are interested in the proper use of the fitness equipment.


This will warm your soul. I guarantee.

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Aquarius Celebrates Labor Day with Barbecue

Aquarius Celebrates Labor Day with Barbecue



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Aquarius Gym new equipment

Aquarius Gym new equipment

August 2018

Our new fitness equipment is ready to use. Check it out. Looks like we have some great physical fitness equipment.

Have you seen the new machines?

Our neighbor and fitness enthusiast Orlando Herrera can give you some help with the use of the equipment. He is in the GYM early in the morning several days of the week. If you cannot find him you could call him on tel. 786-326-6586. Orlando is a fellow Aquarius resident that as helped in convincing the BOD to acquire these new machines. He took the lead in the selection and negotiation during the entire procurement process.

He is a fitness expert. Please be mindful that he is a fellow neighbor with a generous volunteer drive.  Please use discretion in appealing for his assistance. 


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Rochelle Finfer departure


LOGO SILHOUETTE Rochelle Finfer departure

Rochelle Finfer
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Rochelle Finfer, Apartment 702S.  Our hearts go out to her husband Paul Finfer, and their family.


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Seaweed clean up and removal underway

Logo girl blueSeaweed clean up and removal underway

This is a message from:

Hollywood Beach Civic Association

The Hollywood Public Works Department reports that several  pieces of heavy equipment tractors and rakes are  operating along the Hollywood beach areas.

Please see full message below:

” The City beach maintenance crews and an outside contractor “Beach Raker” are

involved in an extensive seaweed clean up and removal operation utilizing tractors and various heavy equipment rakes.

This work will be occurring now and over the next approximately 4 weeks along the City’s beach.   

Most of the  

activities will be occurring in the morning hours.
An environmental permit from the County/State regulatory agency was obtained for this activity.
The City has experienced an extraordinary tonnage of seaweed this year, and the added resources are needed in order to maintain the beach.
The City and the CRA are sharing in the costs of this clean-up effort.

The Procurement Dept. and the City Manager’s office has assisted with the purchase requisitions/paperwork on this process . Funding is being provided from both the CRA and the Sanitation fund.
If there are any questions as to this operation, please contact Asst. Public Works Director, Charles Lassiter at 954 967 4526 ext. 4207″
Hollywood Beach Civic Association, 1301 South Ocean Dr., Hollywood, FL 33019
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Aquarius Cameras on the Elevators

Aquarius Cameras on the Elevators

August 2018

Finally the installation of cameras started at the Aquarius elevators. Taking advantage of the process to renewal of the elevators the first camera has been installed.

One of the most complex and costly component of the installation of cameras on the elevators is the cabling. A joint effort of our elevators renewal contractor Premier Elevators with our surveillance cameras system provider AlarmOne the successful installation went on with minimal cost.

All  elevators of the Aquarius Condominium, Hollywood, Florida, will have cameras. The first one is already working. August 2018 . Gabriel Zuniga was our friendly actor posing for the camera in the North Tower Service Elevators a few hours after it was installed.

Why cameras on the elevators? This is an important component of security and safety on the condominium complex. With the cameras it is possible monitor activities inside the cab. Also in the event of any health related issue assistance can be provided in a shorter time.


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Aquarius South Tower is almost done

Aquarius South Tower is almost done

During the month of August several stacks are being returned to their users. By September the entire building exterior should be completed. What does it mean?

  • Residents may have furniture on the balconies and enjoy the breeze.
  • Residents may have tiles installed if desired (special waterproofing is required).
  • Impact Windows installation may proceed any work day if desired.
  • New Aquarius look may be appreciated from the outside.
  • Did I mention some absence of noise? Ah! Isn’t silence golden?!?!

Please use the balconies with care. If workers are present don’t go to the balcony or open your windows. Safety first! If you see swingstage lines it means work is in progress. Please avoid accidents.

What else to expect?

East Pool Deck:  Promised for before Christmas (it was before Thanksgiving but…)

North Tower: Completion expected for March or April 2019.  Some electrical problems, still being corrected, have caused a delay in the demolition of the balconies of lines 2 and 3. These are the last stacks partially standing. All other stacks have been demolished. Some stacks have curing new concrete already on 5th. level or higher.

Elevators: Very soon (a week or two) a second elevator (no cab finish yet) will be available for a more reliable and joyful ride in both towers. As soon this is done the renovation of the third elevator starts.

Hallways: Still in a planning phase. No date for the start-up of the renovation has been determined yet.

Some new and some old snapshots. Click or tap (touch screen only) on any photo and start the slide show.  Some photographs are courtesy of Cale Delaney, Senior Project Manager of Structural Preservation Systems.



Fatherhood:  For a father they are forever children


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Is Seaweed Here to Stay?

 Is Seaweed Here to Stay?

Many ask: why so much seaweed? It seems this year the amount of  seaweed is very large. Not only we have so much seaweed as the seaweed season seems endless. Some are concerned with the tourism, some even are afraid of a loss on real estate value.

The Hollywood Beach Civic Association was kind enough to send as some words from Silvia Glazer, City of Hollywood Public Works Department Director. Along with the letter from Ms. Glazer there is an article from Miami Herald. These  two pieces try to shed some light at the phenomenon. Let’s hope that the seaweed goes a little bit away so all of us can enjoy the ocean.

This material was also suggested by Carole Pumpiam.

Hollywood Beach Civic Association

Dear All (2318 HBCA Recipients ) 

Sylvia Glazer, Public Work Director, City of Hollywood, responded to several comments we received  from our members regarding the ever increasing seaweed  showing up at our beaches.
Please see her remarks below.
” As the article mentions below, both coasts of Florida, along with areas such as the Caribbean, Africa, South America have experienced much larger amount of seaweed this year and in recent years, and there are many causes creating this.
The seaweed is not only showing up along the sand but exists in constant large quantities floating in the ocean,and then repeatedly floats to shore. As quickly as you bury or remove it , more floats in right behind it. This year and last year have been particularly bad in seaweed amounts.
The problem with constantly trying to remove seaweed is that it is not only very expensive to do so-and is labor intensive, but that more seaweed comes up right behind it, and you are also removing precious sand from the beach along with the seaweed.
Therefore, the City tries not to remove it, but instead we bury the seaweed.This action helps to create a barrier under the sand that helps Prevent beach erosion by keeping the sand in place. The seaweed also provides nutrients to the sea-life.

Effective with the new budget year beginning October 1, 2018, we were approved to hire another equipment operator. This added operator will assist us in cleaning and sifting the beach sand to remove Sand and debris. It will also help in burying seaweed with our related equipment.”

Sylvia Glazer
Public Works Director 
City of Hollywood Public Works Department
(954) 967-4526


Miami Herald on SEAWEED

or see it here on the Miami Herald

Hollywood Beach Civic Association, 1301 South Ocean Dr., Hollywood, FL 33019


It looks like they are having lots of fun…

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Aquarius Gym News

Aquarius Gym News




The Aquarius Harry “Mr. Gym” Smith Fitness Center is getting new equipment. Orlando Herrera invested a good amount of time effort to sell some old and not-so-much-safe equipment. He also was very dedicate to acquire, at basement prices, new and professional exercise machines that will replace the old obsolete stuff.

Of course there is a lot to be made to bring the Aquarius Gym to the pleasant, agreeable and modern situation that the building residents need and desire. But these initial renovation steps represent a great advance thay will please the wellness adepts. A huge thanks for the time and effort Orlando Herrera generously gave to the community.

In a few weeks the new equipment will arrive and here is a preview of what we will get:























Just for fun:

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