BocaWatch commentator Jack McWalter is back to discuss the latest updates with the Midtown rezoning. Stay tuned for more.

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Born and raised in Chicago and a graduate of Loyola University. I went on to study at Chicago Kent Law, part of Illinois Institute of Technology, but stopped short to serve in the US Army for 3 years. Moved to Boca Raton with my family 35 years ago and began a 32 year career with IBM as Sales Executive and Business Director Manager with the Manufacturing Technology Center - now the Don Estridge School. Volunteering is in my blood, I especially enjoy working to raise money for children with special needs at the Jewish Community Center and look back fondly on the years spent coaching soccer and supporting Boca Jets football. My two children attended Addison Mizner, St Andrew's, Boca High, and are both graduates of University of Florida. If I sound like a fighter I am, beat cancer three times and I support all survivors who face that same challenge.


  1. Jack’s first point is spot on.He points out that the land use regulations for the area have not been written and the developer seems to be writing the Ordinance despite the direction given that the City should write the ordinance. A little History needs to be reflected upon here- The City – when it annexed the Mall and the surrounding area including the Crocker Center stated that they would keep the existing development as grandfathered in and even though it was developed MORE intensely than Boca’s codes would allow, they would receive that grandfathered status. The assumption was that these areas were maxed out far beyond what would be allowable under Boca’s code but we would respect any nonconformity. The furthest thing from anyone’s mind was that the annexation itself was the first step towards rewriting the Code to allow for even more development, but that it seems was the plan all along.


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