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A AHollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'

Hollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'

Hollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'Hollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'Hollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'

Hollywood named one of the country's 10 'Best Summer Weekend Escapes'


Hollywood Holiday Tradition Returns to the Broadwalk 59th Annual Candy Cane Parade to Turn the Broadwalk into a Peppermint Paradise

    HOLLYWOOD - Now in its 59th year, the Candy Cane Parade returns to the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. The theme for this year’s parade is “Peppermint Paradise,” and it will bring the holiday spirit to the Broadwalk! The parade begins on the Broadwalk at Scott Street and heads south to Harrison Street.  Festive floats, marching bands and creative displays from civic, non-profit and children’s groups all come together with the City to put on this much anticipated hometown holiday tradition.

   The Hollywood Beach Candy Cane Parade is one of the longest running holiday parades in the country.  It started back in the mid 1950’s by a group of Hollywood merchants as a way to draw patrons to their shops and businesses.  Today it features dozens of lighted floats and vehicles with parade participants tossing out candy canes and starlight mints all along the parade route. 

   Complimentary bleacher seating will be set up on the sand along the parade route from Scott Street to Tyler Street with parade announcers stationed across from Charnow Park at Garfield Street and at the Hollywood Beach Theatre at Johnson Street. Spectators also may bring a blanket or lawn chair for top-notch viewing along the parade route or reserve a table at one of the many seaside restaurants for a complete beachfront experience. 

   To ease traffic, the City encourages parade-goers to park in one of the downtown parking garages and take the free patron shuttles to the beach from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The parking garages are located at 19th Avenue at Polk Street and 20th Avenue at Van Buren Street. Prevailing downtown parking rates apply.

In addition to the shuttle, the Hollywood Trolley will also be running from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. with convenient stops downtown and along the beach for $1 per person, per trip. 
   The Candy Cane Parade is presented in partnership with the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency.  For more information contact the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts at 954.921. 3404.



Info Box:

Shop Small in Hollywood 

This Saturday, November 29th from noon until 6:00 p.m. participating businesses in the City of Hollywood will have special Shop Small deals and activities such as live music, face painting and holiday carolers.  Shop Small Ambassadors will be roaming each area directing shoppers to participating businesses. Look for participating businesses located on the beach, downtown and in the Johnson Street Business District marked with a blue balloon.  Visit for the complete list of participating businesses.

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City of Hollywood Police Memorial Dedication
The Hollywood Police Department will dedicate a new police memorial to the six courageous officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty since the City’s founding in 1926.  The ceremony will be held on Friday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Hollywood Police Department at 3250 Hollywood Boulevard.
The Hollywood Police Memorial features six Officer Podiums to individually honor each fallen officer.  Installed in each officer’s podium is a photo along with a plaque with silver-colored raised lettering, a silver-colored badge and a silver-colored patch. There is also a Main Podium adorned with an aluminum plaque that matches each officer’s plaque.
The six officers whose 
service and sacrifice are 
honored by the memorial include:
Officer Owen Coleman (09-1925 to 01-25-1926) was one of the first men hired when the newly formed City was establishing the police department.  Officer Coleman was killed in a shootout in Davie in January of 1926.  Most news accounts of his death were destroyed in the hurricane of 1926. In the early 1990s, an historian of South Florida Police Officers killed in the line of duty discovered records of his death.  Officer Henry T. Minard (9-6-1971 to 11-18-1972) was killed in the line of duty on November 18, 1972.  Officer Minard was answering a silent holdup alarm at a jewelry store and interrupted a robbery in progress.  He was fatally shot by the robber. 
Officer Byron W. Riley (10-11-1971 to 8-30-1973) and Phillip C. Yourman (10-11-1971 to 8-30-1973) began a pursuit of a strong-arm robbery suspect vehicle.  As they sped through a quiet residential neighborhood, the police vehicle struck a tree and they both were fatally injured. 
Officer Frankie Shivers (12-20-1981 to 9-6-1982) lost her life while responding as a back-up to a car accident. This bizarre incident began with a traffic stop by another officer, John Lunney.  While writing the citation, another car slammed into Lunney's police cruiser, hurling him onto the roof of the vehicle he had stopped. The vehicle causing the crash burst into and Officer Shivers attempted to rescue the woman in the burning vehicle. The female driver grabbed Officer Shivers, revolver and shot her several times. 
Officer Alex Del Rio (4-12-99 to 2-22-08) is the City of Hollywood’s most recent fallen officer.  Officer Del Rio was conducting traffic enforcement on Sheridan Street on the evening of February 22, 2008.  In an attempt to stop a speeding motorist, he was involved in a motor vehicle crash and lost his life.
For more information, please call the Hollywood Police Department, 954.967.4371.