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12 Jul 2016

Can We Learn From Others Mistakes?

By | July 12th, 2016|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|0 Comments

What will Boca learn from the Bahia Mar fiasco unfolding in Fort Lauderdale? On July 3rd, editors of the Sun-Sentinel wrote an opinion on the current state of the Bahia Mar property in Fort Lauderdale. It turns out that the issues surrounding Bahia Mar bear a striking number of similarities to our own Wildflower site: [...]

12 Jul 2016

August Primaries Almost Here…

By | July 12th, 2016|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|0 Comments

The upcoming months bring a special meaning to this somewhat cynical phrase we have all heard before. We are blessed to have the right to vote for our representatives in all three branches of our government. In the upcoming months, a number of executive, legislative, and judicial offices are coming up for election at the [...]

3 May 2016

Should Your Council Members be Appointed or Elected?

By | May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|0 Comments

Kudos to city councilor Scott Singer, for introducing ordinance 5347 that will “…amend the method for filling vacancies on the City Council, including the office of mayor…” Currently, should a city council seat become vacated, remaining members of the council appoint the person who would finish the vacated term. Additionally, should the mayor’s seat become [...]

4 Apr 2016

An Historical Perspective On Downtown Boca

By | April 4th, 2016|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|0 Comments

The City of Boca Raton has posted a narrative titled the “Legislative History of Downtown Boca Raton”. The history that is portrayed in the article seems largely to be true, though somewhat benign. It can be found at this City Link   The city should be commended for creating this piece and posting it. It [...]

30 Nov 2015

Observations About Traffic in Our Downtown

By | November 30th, 2015|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|5 Comments

It is probably a good time to take a minute and make some observations about traffic in our Downtown.   Regarding “Vested Concurrency” –   One will often hear that traffic in the Downtown was studied during the creation of the CRA (over 20 years ago), and that the roadways were adequate to support the [...]

2 Nov 2015

City Council Workshop – Covered Much Territory

By | November 2nd, 2015|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|0 Comments

Our City Council Workshop of Monday, October 26th was loaded with interesting agenda items, at least from my point of view. Here are a few highlights that I believe deserve some positive attention:   The Wildflower – Finally, the council has directed the administration to find out what it will take to take down the [...]

24 Oct 2015

The Wildflower Property – Proposal Withdrawn-So What Happens Next?

By | October 24th, 2015|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|6 Comments

Wow! Hillstone has decided that they are no longer interested in pursuing a Houston’s restaurant on the Wildflower property. One can only imagine the various scenarios that could have led them to alter their course so quickly and conclusively. So what happens next?   The first thing that should happen, and should have happened years [...]

23 Aug 2015

Boca Resident Joe Panella Files to Run for City Council

By | August 23rd, 2015|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|0 Comments

Dear Friends and Residents of Boca Raton, On August 3rd, I filed the candidate paperwork to run for our City Council, Seat B, currently occupied by Mike Mullaugh, who is term limited. Our next election is March of 2017, so I will have plenty of time to talk with as many residents, groups, and organizations [...]

23 Aug 2015

This Time, Everybody Wins!

By | August 23rd, 2015|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|0 Comments

Recently, our CRA approved the development of the 327 Royal Palm condominium in the Downtown. And guess what? There was only one citizen objection to the project! Why? Because (with very minor, purely technical deviations) the 327 building complies with the zoning laws applicable to the downtown. Yes, that’s correct - a building was proposed [...]

13 Jul 2015

Observations on the Wildflower and Public-Private Partnerships

By | July 13th, 2015|Categories: Hot Topics|4 Comments

Much has been spoken and written regarding the city’s investment and potential use of the Wildflower property, purchased with taxpayer dollars in 2009 for $7.5 million. Our city leaders, in spite of all of the controversy, are pursuing exactly one option – leasing the grounds to the Hillstone Restaurant Group, the only respondent to the [...]

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