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11 Dec 2017

2017: Boca Raton….in Like a ‘Lamb’;….Out Like a ‘Lion’!

By | December 11th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|2 Comments

Publisher’s Comment: As you may know, our elected officials, as a general rule, convene regularly to present to the public the inner workings of government and advise on the topic of the day.  Keeping track of it all is more than a full time job….and it seems to be gaining steam on a monthly basis.   [...]

7 Dec 2017

South Florida Regional Transportation Authority and Midtown Boca Update

By | December 7th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|5 Comments

Most residents in Boca Raton know that there is a major firestorm brewing over the proposed development project known as ‘Midtown’ and the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority’s (SFRTA) efforts to justify a second Tri-Rail station at Glades Road and Military Trail. This past Tuesday, December 5th, SFRTA provided a progress report on its plans [...]

7 Dec 2017

Removing ‘Welcoming’ Language from the Resolution Avoids a Very “Hot Topic”

By | December 7th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|2 Comments

Publisher’s Comment: Last week BocaWatch reported that our City Council was presented with a diversity resolution that included the use of the phrase ‘welcoming community’.   The ordinance originated at the Palm Beach County League of Cities by West Palm Beach City Commissioner Keith James.  West Palm Beach has already declared itself a ‘welcoming city’; a [...]

4 Dec 2017

Boca Raton’s 2020 Vision: Economic Development Through Art, Culture, and Public Space – Part 1

By | December 4th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|0 Comments

As outlined extensively by the 2020 Vision Initiative and BocaWatch, the Boca 2020 Vision is about using arts, culture, parks, and public space as tools to promote economic development, community interaction, and a sense of place. Using a diverse coalition of local individuals and organizations, one of the primary goals of the 2020 Vision is [...]

4 Dec 2017

Profile of a Volunteer: Margaret Fitzsimons – Inspiration for Boca Raton’s ‘2020 VISION!’

By | December 4th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|3 Comments

Publisher’s Comment: Boca Raton’s residents are active again.  The last few years has seen residents stand up and push back against the local elected officials’ tendency to diminish the quality of life experienced throughout the city.  This push back has encouraged individuals to contribute in many ways; ways requiring commitment of time, energy and treasure.  [...]

4 Dec 2017

Boca Raton Wildflower Park Progress Tracking

By | December 4th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|0 Comments

Publisher’s comment: A long time in the making but the ‘city within a park’ vision has actually begun.  This article reflects on-going progress made towards providing residents and visitors alike with an urban recreational setting along our waterfront in near proximity to Boca Raton’s downtown.  ‘It’s Open’ tracks that progress.  Sister articles in this BocaWatch [...]

30 Nov 2017

On Behalf Of First Amendment Foundation

By | November 30th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|0 Comments

Publisher’s Comment: BocaWatch has been as effective as it is due in large part to Florida’s Government in the Sunshine Laws and access to public records.  Government in the Sunshine is constantly under attack by local governments and lobbyists to chip away at the availability of records or, in some cases, completely block the public’s [...]

30 Nov 2017

“Welcoming Communities…” – What are These? Is Boca Raton a ‘Welcoming’ City?

By | November 30th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|1 Comment

Publisher’s comment: At the eleventh hour at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, literally, Councilman Robert Weinroth, without notice to the public and without any demonstrated public need, moved forward a resolution advocating  “ for unity and embracing diversity” within our community.   Councilman Weinroth brought this forward at the request of Palm Beach County League [...]

30 Nov 2017

‘FECKLESS’ City Council Rejected by Ethic Commission….So What’s next?

By | November 30th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|3 Comments

Publisher's Comment: After 3 hours of 'painful' debate on November 13, our elected officials ordered the City Manager to request a review from the Ethics Commission of the Mayor's August 2013 advisory opinion; that opinion being the basis for Mayor Haynie's justification for continued voting on Batmasian projects. The Ethics Commission's Executive Director rejects the [...]

27 Nov 2017

Ordinance 5431 – Ethics Crisis in Boca Raton – Not Nearly Enough!

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

Publisher's Comment: The Sun-Sentinel’s editorial this weekend made many critical comments regarding the current ethical crisis in Boca Raton.    One specific application to Ordinance 5431 raises questions about the City Attorney’s role in the handling of ethics matters and her statement that withholding of names in conflict-of-interest situations is the city’s normal practice.  Their editors [...]

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