Many of you who have supported the efforts of BocaBeautiful.org have asked repeatedly “What else can I do?”

Here is your opportunity to make a difference in Boca’s future. You will soon have TWO important chances to make your voice heard.

We have a new, more resident-friendly City Council.  On May 4th and 5th they will be holding an important two-day workshop sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency. The CRA is responsible for pre-approval of all major development projects before the City Council (the same individuals) makes a final decision. The May 4th and 5th meetings offer the first major opportunity for residents of Boca to speak up about traffic, parking and pending mammoth development projects such as 200 Mizner and midtown re-zoning.  Public comments are invited between 11 am and noon on both days. Just go, stand up and let loose.

The address for the CRA workshop is NOT City Hall. The meeting will be held at the Auditorium of the 6500 Building, 6500 Congress Avenue, Boca. You can learn more at BocaWatch.org.

The second important opportunity to shape Boca’s future development policy will be at a Community Appearance Board hearing on 200 Mizner—the Monster on Mizner. To remind, the CAB is the arbiter of taste (sic) for Boca development projects. It is responsible for making sure that new projects adhere to the style requirements of Ordinance 4035. After months of behind-the-scenes maneuvering, the developer will try to win approval from this key oversight committee on May 16th for a building which clearly is unlike anything else in its neighborhood and unlike anything contemplated by the authors of Ordinance 4035. If the developer succeeds, he will next approach the Planning and Zoning Board on May 18th.  Success there leads directly to the CRA and City Council consideration.

200 Mizner, a 960-foot long building that is bigger than Palmetto Promenade, is the last stand for those who want to avoid our downtown becoming a mini-Aventura. Approval will irrevocably change our downtown neighborhood and will open the door to additional massive high-rise developments. Stop 200 Mizner, and there is a chance to save what is left of downtown Boca.

If you care, you should attend this CAB meeting and let your opposition to 200 Mizner be known.  The meeting will be held in the Community Center Annex, 260 Crawford Blvd, next to the Community Center in the Boca City Hall complex off Palmetto. It begins at 6:30 pm and residents each will have two minutes to make comments. More than speeches, we need people sitting in that audience.

So there you have it:  two opportunities to change Boca’s future for the better.  Show up, and together we can get it done.