What's Boca Saying? with Andrea Levine O'Rourke. Elected on a ‘Resident Friendly’ platform, Councilwoman O’Rourke shares her experiences having had a seat on the City Council for 9 months.
Publisher’s Comment: Decemeber 11, 2017, a day that may ‘live in infamy’ for the City Council of Boca Raton. After months of preparing and two cancelled public viewing, the City’s consultant for the waterfront master plan, EDSA, will be presenting its updated vision for Boca Raton’s waterfront parks; a presentation long in the making. Couple [...]
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). [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Overdevelopment is a common theme throughout Boca Raton. From our schools to our downtown, we are becoming a city that has reached maximum capacity. This will continue to plague Boca, unless we can get Monica Mayotte elected to the City Council. Jack is here with more on the subject.
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 [...]
Shame, Shame….City Council as a whole is quite suspect!! Image created by Jessica Gray
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. [...]