Open Comment to City Council in Response to the 2020 Vision Presentation!

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The following is in response to the 2020 Vision presentation made before the City Council meeting of Monday, September 25.

Dear City Council,

The 2020 Vision concept, as presented by Margaret Fitzsimons, represents not only her thoughts but the thoughts of many of your constituents. She listed a broad range of organizations who believe in and support such a plan representing a diverse cross section of our community. This plan aims to continue the work of many who kept our parks from the looming hands of the private sector, preserving them for the people. You may recall, 8 articles in BocaWatch which provided illustrations and narratives on ways a waterfront park would enhance the livability of the downtown for years to come. The November election showed 67% of voters agreed.

It takes little examination to appreciate Ms. Fitzsimons’ and the community’s collective vision for the unification of city resources.  This is something developers have never thought of because they are too busy building single projects with no out plan for a community based, harmonious future benefiting everyone.  Consultants have tried to provide a plan but none have been successful. Ms. Fitzsimons’ experience and creativity ties the waterfront to the whole of the downtown thus weaving together a fabric for urban living which synergizes elements of: Government, business, residential, parks, recreation and education using current road infrastructure. Nothing could be more important to our City’s future and livability than our collective acceptance of 2020 Vision.  Accepting this planned vision will place Boca Raton on an equal footing with World places we love to visit and enjoy because they exhibit community based thoughtful development aimed toward livability and enjoyment.

Additionally and perhaps equally important, this plan promotes our coming together, working for a common goal thus forging an energy filled spirit and rallying point around which all can participate.

The 2020 vision helps to unite Resident, Development and Government interests toward a shared and exciting future.  These three slices of the community pie need to get on board now so 2020 Vision will not be a missed opportunity.

TWO YEARS, THREE MONTHS AND COUNTING

Thanks you for your attention,

James R. Hendrey

 

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Nancy and James Hendrey arrived in Boca Raton 32 years ago as IBMers. From Hawaii to Dallas to Atlanta and Boca, for them, IBM meant "I've Been Moved". In 1988 they chose to leave IBM management and take an employee "buyout" and start their own business. Twenty-five years later they chose to retire and stay in place. "With our previous experience as teachers, sales professionals, product developers, advertising managers, small business owners and real estate developers, we both have unspent energy, especially when it comes to protecting the city we love."

4 COMMENTS

    • Caryn,

      Just asking the question means so much. As you imagine or may have observed, many caring residents make their voices heard in the City Council Chamber by following scheduled meeting dates and voicing their thoughts at the session titled Public Comment. The City Council Workshop may be a starting point. Additionally, regardless of your opinion, share it with our elected officials. And, by reading Boca Watch and observing issues you will determine those issues and people you wish to communicate with to lend your support. We truly need a community voice so we proceed with thoughtful recognition that all of us are but one of many. It’s about collaboration and listening to one another. Sounds Pollyanna but it does work.

  1. I, too, love Boca Raton. I agree with your article on collaboration. The article in the sun sentinel regarding tearing down the amphitheater to build another hi rise saddened med and sickened my stomach. Do you know if this is a ” done deal”? Could you tell me when next city council meeting is and/or advise on best way to voice our opinion. I will try to identify elected officials who are in favor of keeping the amphitheater and reach out. At this point, I have no idea which elected officials or influencers want to slow down development. It seems there is always another project underway. Thank you for your efforts.

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