When It’s Gone It’s Gone!


The proposed long term lease agreement between the City of Boca Raton and the Hillstone Group for the Wildflower site is tantamount to a sale of the property. This will eliminate any possibility of the site being used for badly needed green space in the downtown for most of our lives.

The terms of the proposed lease of the Wildflower site to the Hillstone Group includes a 20-year lease with five-year extensions at the option for the Hillstone Group. In other words, the City is relinquishing control over the future of the Wildflower property site by agreeing to an open-ended lease with the Hillstone Group. This means that the City is saying “never” to a much needed green space on the Wildflower property waterfront site that all residents can enjoy.

The need for green space in the downtown has been well established in past BocaWatch articles. For example see: the article called Disappointment. The citizens of Boca Raton have been clear in their demand for more green space in the downtown. Numerous surveys performed by the City, local media and BocaWatch resulted in valid, statistically significant proof of this demand.

As the next step in preserving green space in the downtown, a petition drive is underway to place the future of green space in the hands of Boca Raton voters. Follow this link for some background: Petition Drive

To make your voice heard on this issue, please sign a petition form. For your convenience, you can sign a form at:

• Pine Breeze Park in Palm Beach Farms neighborhood on Wednesday, May 11th from 5:30pm-7:00pm

• Downtown Library on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm 

If you have questions or would like to sign but can’t make it to the library on Saturday, please contact: bocawood@bellsouth.net  or  hendreyjn@aol.com


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Jim Wood is a 25-year citizen of Boca Raton. Upon arriving in Boca from Arizona, Jim and his family had a house built in Broken Sound in the western section of the City. After the last of their three children left for college Jim and Trish downsized and relocated to east Boca, where they have lived for 18 years. His volunteering activities include serving eight years on an advisory board in the City. Jim is a computer engineer who advanced into executive positions with telecommunications companies Siemens and Lucent. He holds undergraduate degrees in mathematics and management, a master’s degree in computer engineering and an MBA. He is also a veteran who served four years on active duty with the United States Air Force. His interests include cycling (A1A), guitar (acoustic) and cooking (healthy comfort food). He is a member of the Boca Raton Bicycle Club and the FAU Alumni Association.


  1. I will be holding a signature drive in Pine Breeze Park in the Palm Beach Farms neighborhood on Wednesday, May 11th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Anyone wanting to sign the petition, but can’t make it to the downtown library on Saturday, please stop by the park. It is located at 1100 SW 20th Street.


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