#1 Mission = Keep the Citizens on Top, as it is Meant to be!

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To the residents of Boca Raton,
The image below is very powerful.  It demonstrates a principle that is near
and dear to us residents.   That is….Government serves us, the resident….not us serving it….

In two recent public appearances while speaking about BocaWatch, I presented
this chart upside down…People were quick to correct me…but I was
illustrating the point that this structure is more rhetorical than
actual….

It seems that developers have almost unlimited access to city staff, city
consultants and the city council….Staff has almost unlimited contact to
city council, lobbyists and applicants….

While the resident, allegedly at the top of the chart, is limited to 5
minutes at the public microphone and once away from the microphone, no
further opportunity to advance the dialogue….

I recently spent three hours in Chambers at a CRA meeting in order to make a
5 minute comment.  Using only 4 minutes, I stepped away only to have a CRA
member immediately offer an opinion in opposition.  When I asked to return
to the podium to respond, my request was denied.  I would have had to wait
until the next meeting and, perhaps, another three hours, to again have
another 5 minutes to further the dialogue….

No wonder the resident is frustrated….no wonder the resident feels left
out of the equation….This is not working and needs to be changed….

The resident is at the top….the resident needs a louder voice….

Al Zucaro
February 28, 2015

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Alfred Zucaro has resided in Palm Beach County since 1982 and has been a resident of Boca Raton since 2008. A graduate of Fordham University, he holds a Magna Cum Laude degree in Economics. Mr. Zucaro attended Nova University receiving a Juris Doctorate Law Degree in 1986. He is a member in good standing with the Florida Bar, practicing in the area of Immigration Law for the majority of his career. Currently he is manager/member of Palm Beach Investment and Finance LLC, a USCIS approved regional center identifying foreign investment leading to permanent resident status. Mr. Zucaro served as a City Commissioner in West Palm Beach from 1995 to 2002 and as the President of the City Commission in 2000/2001. He has also been a member of and/or served on the Economic Council, the Business Development Board, the Film and Television Commission, the Tourist Development Council, the Workforce Alliance and the Palm Beach International Film Festival. Of particular interest is his founding of the World Trade Center Palm Beach, an organization that focuses on international economic development. Married to Yvonne Boice, they are avid world travelers having visited 6 continents and dozens of countries since their 2008 nuptials.

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