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16 Nov 2017

Boca is NOT an Urban Experiment – Part 2

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Tri-Rail stations can be funded by cities or government grants. BocaWatch researcher and commentator at large Jack McWalter highlights some serious problems other cities have had after accepting government grants. Jack also offers some solutions to the related MidTown development problem.

16 Nov 2017

Public Outreach: December 5th ….Tri-Rail is Coming!

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The meeting notice has been posted to the City website, shared on social media and placed on the City calendar. Staff liaisons will also share with boards and committees. The City’s Communction Director will  send a weekly calendar email to those who have subscribed. The post will  be sent again as the date gets closer.  

16 Nov 2017

Mayor Offers PR ‘Spin’; Public Record Establishes Facts!

By | November 16th, 2017|Categories: FrontPageFeatured, FrontPageHotTopics, Hot Topics, Issues|1 Comment

Publisher’s Comment: Dear Mayor…please do not take us, the residents, for fools. Nancy Hendrey took the public microphone and raised a concern on your lack of disclosure about an ownership interest in Community Reliance, LLC.  Public records unequivocally establishes your ownership interest in that company from its inception in 2007 until last year. What is [...]

15 Nov 2017

FACT-CHECK: Boca Mayor on Disclosing Conflict of Interest

By | November 15th, 2017|Categories: FrontPageHotTopics, Hot Topics, Issues|3 Comments

Publisher’s Comment: Monday afternoon at the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) meeting, Boca Raton’s elected officials fumbled thorough 3 plus hours of dialogue regarding  the ethical challenges concerning our embattled Mayor/CRA Member, Susan Haynie.  You may also be reading the Palm Beach Post’s 3 front page investigative reports outlining the ethical allegations against the Mayor and [...]

13 Nov 2017

Tri-Rail funding; $20,000,000 – Where is it Coming From…What are the ‘Strings’?

By | November 13th, 2017|Categories: Videos|0 Comments

Publisher’s Comment: People are asking basic questions of who, what, where and how regarding the Tri-Rail Station anticipated for Midtown. In his recent commentary, ’Boca is NOT an Urban Experiment, BocaWatch’s commentator-at-large, Jack McWalter, begins to lay bare some possibilities for the Crocker development team’s quest for 2500 units. Part 1 of the series starts [...]

13 Nov 2017

Development to the Left of us, Development to the Right of us, Development in Front of us!

By | November 13th, 2017|Categories: FrontPageHotTopics, Hot Topics, Issues|1 Comment

The Palm Beach Post, on Sunday November 12th, reported that the Boca Raton Innovation Campus may seek City approval to expand its technology hub to include 720 apartments, 20 townhouses, a 120 room hotel and 81,000 square feet of retail space. Alexandra Clough, in her weekly column, Business Watch, provides a comprehensive history of the [...]

13 Nov 2017

BocaWatch Satire: You Want to do What With our PARKS?” – Not Even Maybe!

By | November 13th, 2017|Categories: Cartoons|2 Comments

Publisher’s Comment: Development in our parks is unacceptable. The more people are learning of efforts to divert parkland, the more residents are organizing to have their concern and dismay heard. To elected officials that seem incapable to give the simple yes/no answer, hear this….Just say NO….No to the Chamber, No to the Developers, No to [...]

13 Nov 2017

How Refreshing….a ‘Resident friendly’ Ordinance Drafted with the Residents’ Interests in Mind

By | November 13th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|3 Comments

After years of seeing numerous City of Boca Raton development ordinances created, or strongly influenced by the very land use attorneys that represent the developer and land owner, something changed for the better…. The Development Services staff for the city, at the behest of City Council, crafted a development ordinance for ‘Midtown’. What a difference!  [...]

13 Nov 2017

“…the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth.”

By | November 13th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|6 Comments

Publisher's Comment: 'Good Governance' took a major step forward yesterday afternoon in City Hall Chambers.  The open dialogue on Mayor Haynie's ethics question would never have taken place a year ago and it takes place now due in large part to the investigating reporting of the Palm Beach Post and the efforts of Councilwoman Andrea [...]

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