Hurricane Matthew: Resources

Based on current computer models, Hurricane Matthew, a dangerous Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour as of 11:00AM this morning, will be approaching the coast of South Florida, with potential impacts expected to be felt as early as Thursday.

For the most up-to-date information please visit The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Hurricane Center website: 


1) BOCA RATON: Chevron 801 NW 51st Street; NexStore 8081 Congress Ave

2) DELRAY BEACH: Chevron 1909 West Atlantic Avenue

3) BOYNTON BEACH: Mobil 850 Gateway Blvd; Texaco 645 West Boynton Beach Blvd.

4) DEERFIELD BEACH: Gas City 1001 S. Powerline Rd.

5) POMPANO BEACH: BP Connect 250 E. Sample Rd.; Racetrac 599 W. Atlantic Blvd.


Meadows Square: 4753 North Congress Ave. Boynton Beach, FL 33426

The Reserve at Boca Raton: 9720 Clint Moore Rd. Boca Raton, FL 33496

Boca Village Square:  21230 Saint Andrews Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33433

Venetian Isle Shopping Center:  3700 N. Federal Hwy, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

Delray Square Shopping Centers: 4771 West Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach, FL 33445

Boynton Plaza: 111 North Congress Ave. Boynton Beach, FL 33436

Village Square: 3775 Woolbright Rd. Village of Golf, FL 33436

Shops of San Marco: 13860 South Jog Rd. Delray Beach, FL 33446

Garden Shops at Boca: 7060 Palmetto Park Rd. Boca Raton, FL 33433

Polo Club Shoppes: 5050 Champion Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33496

Coral Ridge Shopping Center: 3400 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306

Village of Oriole Plaza: 7375 W. Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach, FL 33446

Sawgrass Promenade, 1337 S. Military Trail Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Westwinds of Boca: 9846 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33434

Woodfield Plaza, 3003 […]

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Why FAU Deserves Medical Faculty Certifications – Facebook – 2-24-2016

Tech Innovation in Florida – Sun Sentinel – 4-11-2016

Make Your NYE a Safe and Happy One!

While New Years Eve is certainly a fun time for all, it is also one of the most dangerous nights to drive.

According to, compared to an average night on the weekend, there are 71% more crashes with drugs or alcohol as a contributing factor between December 31st at 6pm and January 1st at 6am.

Please consider an Uber or taxi to get home safely!


By |December 31st, 2015|Latest News|0 Comments

On Gaming & Gambling

When it comes to the gaming and gambling industry in the State of Florida, I understand the importance of creating and implementing a single regulatory authority in the form of an all-encompassing gaming commission (specifically a “Florida Department of Gaming”), a responsible step taken by other states in the U.S. that also have a significant gaming and gambling presence such as Nevada and New York and Massachusetts. At the moment, three separate departments (being the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Department of Lottery) oversee gaming and gambling operations in Florida, but I believe the job would best be handled by a single unifying agency.

>Having one department to oversee the entire gaming and gambling market in Florida as opposed to three makes common sense in and of itself.

>If I am successful in my efforts, all forms of gambling would be combined under a “Florida Department of Gaming,” eliminating inefficiencies and inconsistencies that would otherwise be present under the current system whereby three different departments oversee Florida gaming and gambling activities.

>Especially in light of the recent announcement of a 20-year gaming compact between the State of Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida that has made Florida’s gaming industry much more complicated than it has been in the past, I believe that we need a gaming commission in the form of a “Florida Department of Gaming” now more than ever.

By |December 30th, 2015|Latest News|0 Comments
  • Endorsed by the Sun Sentinel! Endorsed by the Sun Sentinel!

    Endorsed by the Sun Sentinel!

Endorsed by the Sun Sentinel!

Today, the Sun Sentinel endorsed Senator Maria Sachs in her re-election campaign for the Florida Senate in District 34!

The Editorial Board said it best: Sachs “simply better reflects the values of the district… a capable legislator in a body dominated by Republicans.”

When it comes to the issues that matter to District 34’s working families and retirees, Senator Maria Sachs shares our values.

She has been a champion for education, veterans, equal rights and the environment; all while fighting for low taxes and fiscal responsibility.

“Voters in the district have no need to make a change,” the Sentinel Editorial Board wrote. “Maria Sachs deserves to be re-elected.”

Read the full article here:

With just 19 days before the election, it’s critical that voters throughout District 34 hear about Senator Sachs’ legislative accomplishments and record of service.

Thank you for your continued support.


By |October 16th, 2014|Latest News|0 Comments
  • New Parasailing Safety Measures Takes Effect New Parasailing Safety Measures Takes Effect

    New Parasailing Safety Measures Takes Effect

New Parasailing Safety Measures Takes Effect

After more than a decade of attempts to create safety in the parasailing industry, the “White-Miskell Act” officially becomes law today. Before now, Florida had virtually no laws to ensure parasailing was safe.

Unfortunately, it took too long and too many tragedies for safety regulations to finally be implemented for this water sport. As the sponsor and long-time champion of the bill, I’m proud to stand beside the parasail industry at Aloha Water Sports to mark the important milestone.

The new law, named for Amber White, a teenager who died in a parasailing tragedy in 2007, and Kathleen Miskell, a tourist who died in a parasailing accident in 2012, prohibits commercial parasailing during sustained winds of 20 mph or higher, when gusts are more than 25 mph, when rain or fog diminishes visibility by less than a half mile or lightning storms are detected within seven miles. The law also requires operators maintain a valid license and carry a minimum insurance policy.

Present at today’s event was Representative Gwendolyn Clarke-Reed, Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher, Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA) Executive Director Larry Meddock, WSIA Parasail Division Chair Matt Dvorak and Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Regional Director Chuck Collins.

The parasailing and press conference was held on Thursday, October 2, 2014 on the beach at Aloha Water Sports (behind Marriott Harbor Beach Resort)

Senator Addresses Constituents In Delray Beach

Senator Sachs addressing a group of constituents at the South County Civic Center in Delray Beach about the recent legislative session. Afterwards, there was a question and answer period as many were excited about the funding for local needs in our community.

The Tallahassee Connection

The Tallahassee Connection is a TV show which features cutting edge political discussion. Senator Sachs joined the discussion with moderator Representative Jim Waldman, Representative Katie Edwards and Representative Joe Gibbons. A lively discussion among the legislators involved issues of public safety, such as parasailing and texting, and funding for public schools.

Rotary Club of Boca Raton

Senator Sachs was honored to be the speaker at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Boca Raton. She was especially honored to speak at the inaugural meeting conducted by the newly sworn in Club President Mike Gora, esq. In her presentation were highlights from this legislative session including funding for various local cultural programs in including the Boca Ballet Theatre Company, Museum of Art, and the Boca Raton Historical Society. The Senator was impressed by the close knit family atmosphere of the club and their work in the community. She hopes to be able to work closely with these Rotarians to continue their great work.

  • Texting While Driving Updates- July 2014 Texting While Driving Updates- July 2014

    Texting While Driving Updates- July 2014

Texting While Driving Updates- July 2014

Technology trumps policy again. With the rapid escalation of people using cell phones, the law has failed to keep up with the fast pace of technology. It took several years for the Florida legislature to pass the first law against texting while driving. This past session, I filed a bill to move texting while driving from a secondary to a primary offense. Recent data shows about 1,800 citations for texting while driving will be given out in a year. In comparison, over 21,000 citations were given for illegal backing. We need to make this law enforceable. It will save lives.