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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 [...]

21 Dec 2017

Councilwoman O’Rourke Goes Bowling

By | December 21st, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|0 Comments

Living the Dream! How did little ole me get to be in the ESPN cover shot with the great Coach Lane Kiffen and our very own outstanding FAU President Dr. John Kelly accepting the Championship Trophy after the thrilling Boca Bowl win?  Lucky for me…I guess I was in the right place at the right [...]

21 Dec 2017

Kudos to residents – We Stood up. Resident Friendly Government is Within Reach

By | December 21st, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|2 Comments

Dear fellow residents and Boca Watchers: Congratulations!  What a glorious year it has been! So many wonderful accomplishments we residents have achieved in our drive to good governance and creating a “resident friendly” City Council - putting resident’s first. Twice, voters overwhelmingly expressed their demands to advance these goals formerly thought to be unachievable. > [...]

18 Dec 2017

What Makes A Bully?

By | December 18th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|5 Comments

For over 20 years I have had extensive interaction with Mr. Randy Schultz, former writer of the editorial page at the Palm Beach Post and once a ‘make or break’ opinion maker in the Palm Beach County market.  Schultz is now relegated to the status of a cyber-space blogger with his weekly south Palm Beach [...]

18 Dec 2017

Boca Raton’s 2020 Vision: Economic Development Through Art, Culture, and Public Space – Part 3

By | December 18th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|0 Comments

Publisher’s Comment: Saturday evening’s Boat Parade unquestionably answered the, now, rhetorical question,  ‘Wildflower:  Park for All or Restaurant for the Few ?‘   Estimates are that over a thousand people lined the Intracoastal Waterfront at the Wildflower Park.  What a magical night….Dozens of boats decked out in ‘holiday cheer’;  a perfect Boca Raton evening;  and a [...]

14 Dec 2017

Demand Boca Raton ‘OPT-OUT ‘of Using Chemical Pesticides: STOP ‘Poisoning’ Beach Parks and Dune Woods Environment!

By | December 14th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|10 Comments

GREEN Residents: The time has come for a NEW consciousness in our beautiful City. It is a time for old methods of toxic chemical spraying in our public spaces to be replaced with natural/organic and non-toxic alternatives to transform our public parks! 'GREEN BOCA NOW!' is encouraging our City Officials and Parks Department to join others [...]

11 Dec 2017

Boca Raton’s 2020 Vision: Economic Development Through Art, Culture, and Public Space – Part 2

By | December 11th, 2017|Categories: Hot Topics, Issues|5 Comments

Boca’s 2020 Vision Part 2: Waterfront Revitalization and the Case for Public Space A central feature of the 2020 vision is the utilization of our parks and waterfront spaces. Across the U.S. and the globe, waterfronts have been redeveloped using a mixed-use model typically dependent on leisure activities, exclusive housing, office development, and retail (1). [...]

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 [...]

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