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27 Jul 2017

Boca Raton Wildflower Park Progress Tracking

By | July 27th, 2017|Categories: FrontPageHotTopics, Hot Topics, Issues|1 Comment

This article presents some updated information regarding Wildflower Park progress. The tracker graphic included toward the end of this article has been updated accordingly. Past update articles are included for reference in Attachment 1. Following is a brief update discussion on each of the open phases. Passive Park Residents have been asking for Wildflower Park [...]

27 Jul 2017

Well, Well…Has the City Council Begun to Get it RIGHT???

By | July 27th, 2017|Categories: FrontPageFeatured, FrontPageHotTopics, Hot Topics|4 Comments

After a 9 hour marathon Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)/City Council Workshop (CC) on two major subjects (Mizner 200 and Midtown Boca), the elected officials actually came to what may be reasonably fair and equitable results. Mizner 200: With some half dozen high priced attorneys, two court reporters, a gaggle of experts, senior city staff members [...]

27 Jul 2017

Downtown Boca’s Waterfront Revitalization

By | July 27th, 2017|Categories: FrontPageHotTopics, Hot Topics, Issues|0 Comments

21st Century cities are changing…there are multiple generations co-existing side by side, and returning to live in the downtown core of the city. This new, diverse demographic wants to live, work and play in the same area with minimal use of a car. They’re looking for a City with a Heart and Soul and gravitate [...]

24 Jul 2017

Waterfront Visioning…..Many Attendees left Underwhelmed!

By | July 24th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|1 Comment

EDSA, the firm selected to guide the City in its effort to realize the best use of our waterfront parks, made their second presentation.  Last week’s session yielded 15 individual, proposed park configurations for the 14 parks in the study.  Two offerings were made for the Wildflower property.  Their efforts will soon be featured on [...]

24 Jul 2017

A Sucker Born Every Minute (Part 2 of 2)

By | July 24th, 2017|Categories: Videos|0 Comments

The Midtown developer is complaining that the City Council is holding him to a higher standard than previous developers. He's right - and better late than never! Jack highlights some of them and explains how you can find these standards in the city ordinances.

24 Jul 2017

Coming Soon… Oceanfront Development in Boca Raton – UNTHINKABLE or is it!?

By | July 24th, 2017|Categories: FrontPageHotTopics, Hot Topics, Issues|21 Comments

Publisher’s Comment: As I wrote in my December 14, 2015 article, Fight Worth Fighting, preserving our beachfront from development is worth the fight. Residents have been up in arms over the possibility of now 2 oceanfront developments of housing projects on the east side of A1A ranging from 10 to 14,000 square feet at 2500 [...]

24 Jul 2017

Obituary for Skip Sheffield 1947 ~ 2017

By | July 24th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|7 Comments

‘A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out’ - George Bernard Shaw Remembering Skip Sheffield 1947 ~ 2017 On Thursday evening local journalist Skip Sheffield passed peacefully in his sleep. To many Skip represented the face of old Boca and in every respect he represented the best of Boca. [...]

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 [...]

20 Jul 2017

Back to the Future! “BOCA RATON AMENDED DOWNTOWN PLAN” circa 1995

By | July 20th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|16 Comments

“Given the demonstrated preference of major offices, corporate headquarters, and individual firms for Boca Raton, Downtown needs to concentrate on capturing a share of this market….As congestion continues to increase in western areas, Downtown must become seen as a viable and desirable location. Additional office development is fundamental to developing the synergy between sites necessary [...]

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