John Gore

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About John Gore

John, President of is a 13-year Boca resident and lives in Downtown Boca. He is also Chairman and CEO of Political Solutions International LLC, a consulting firm which advises a wide range of clients on government relations organization, competence, issue management and strategy. Prior to his chairing Political Solutions International, Mr. Gore served from 1996-2002 as Group Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, for the British Petroleum Company in London. In that capacity Mr. Gore was responsible for BP’s government and public affairs activities in over 70 countries. He is a 1970 graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and attended Georgetown University Law School. He is married to the former Antonia Stepovich of Fairbanks, Alaska. His outside interests include golf, creative writing, and the arts.
5 Feb 2018

Is This Any Way to Run a City?

By | February 5th, 2018|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|3 Comments

Being ardently pro-development and anti-business at the same time may seem like a paradox, but there is ample evidence in Boca to support this seeming self- contradiction. If you want evidence of pro-development bias, just look around. For years our City Council made multiple concessions to please developers. It all started with the battle over [...]

15 Jan 2018


By | January 15th, 2018|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|1 Comment

NOT-SO-BRIGHT LINE Residents north of Palm Beach County have been waging a (mostly losing) battle against the proposed high-speed rail service between Miami-Palm Beach and Orlando. They argue, and will likely do so again to the courts, that the $1.75 billion in state tax exempt bonds and federal loans amount to a subsidy for the [...]

28 Dec 2017

Ask and You Shall Receive: Council now set for a ’Resident Friendly’ 2018

By | December 28th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|4 Comments

We end 2017 with mixed feelings.  Our efforts to slow the pace of mindless development in Boca have met with some success.  Development approvals have slowed appreciably, but there are still plenty of projects in the pipeline.  We have a (slightly) more resident-friendly City council who are realizing that their actions have 1) real consequences [...]

20 Nov 2017

Attention Returning Residents: Boca Raton ‘Development’ Update

By | November 20th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|2 Comments

Snowbirds returning to our fair city are in for some surprises—some good and some not so good. The first should come as no surprise to anyone:  traffic is terrible in Boca and getting worse.  Most “urban centers” have rush hours; most major cities like New York have horrible traffic jams to and from their beaches; [...]

2 Nov 2017

All Politics are Local….or Are They?

By | November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|1 Comment

WASHINGTON OVERVIEW October was the month when Congressional Republicans concluded that they might lose their Congressional majorities in 2018 if they do not pass a major tax relief bill.  Fear is a powerful motivator.  In Washington, it can be even more powerful than money. On October 26th the House put aside inter-party disputes over how [...]

19 Oct 2017

Taming the Monster on Mizner!

By | October 19th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|1 Comment

While most of you were away… Under pressure from Boca Raton’s City Council/Community Redevelopment Agency and from advocacy groups such as and Boca Watch, the developer of the mammoth Mizner 200 project in downtown Boca agreed to correct the design and reduce the visual impact of the building.  The corrections are intended to bring [...]

16 Aug 2017


By | August 16th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|13 Comments

Publisher’s Comment: We, residents, have come a long way in the last few years. More than symbolic, the reaching of an amicable agreement between neighboring interests for Mizner 200 is a major victory. Mizner 200, one of the most contentious public fights in Boca Raton’s recent development history, is a prime example of a ‘new [...]

7 Aug 2017

“Sensible Development” in Boca Raton….Update from Boca Beautiful

By | August 7th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|0 Comments

Our recent fundraising plea has been met with a very strong response.  To those who have contributed, thank you.  We will put the money to good use. To those who have not, or are still thinking about it, we urgently need your support to continue the fight for sensible development in Boca— development which takes [...]

20 Jul 2017

An Overview: Political ‘FIREWORKS’ in Washington D.C

By | July 20th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|0 Comments

PUBLISHER'S COMMENT: When BocaWatch last published a Washington Overview from Mr. Gore, some responders objected saying that BocaWatch is about and should remain concerned with local matters only....Sage advice... I must admit....but, in retrospect, is there anything more local to residents then that which is happening in Washington D.C.. Politicians that obfuscate their responsibility cause [...]

26 Jun 2017

Mizner 200: Approve or Not to Approve? That is the Critical Question!

By | June 26th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|3 Comments

To paraphrase Gershwin: “Summertime, and the politics ain’t easy”. Boca Raton’s City Council faces some very important votes in the coming months.  First among these is the controversial decision on whether to approve the massive Mizner 200 project, or to ask for further modifications to meet the concerns of its neighbors.  And there will be [...]

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