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Ocean Breeze Presentation Today, Delray City Manager Out-of-Staters

What to do with Ocean Breeze?

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Some things will be clearer this afternoon after the Boca Raton City Council hears a presentation on the former Ocean Breeze golf course. Read more

Randy Schultz has lived in Boca Raton since 1985 and has worked as a journalist in South Florida since 1974. He spent 37 years at The Palm Beach Post, the last 23 as editorial page editor. He has written the City Watch blog for Boca Raton Magazine since February 2014. He also writes a weekly oped column for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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Dolphins Tread Water Against Woeful Jets Amid National Anthem Debate

written by Ian Hest

It was a beautiful, diving touchdown catch from Devante Parker as time expired in the game.

It was also entirely meaningless.

The 20-7 loss to rival New York Jets, one of the worst teams in the NFL, left the Miami Dolphins feckless and frustrated, casting a cloud over what last week was a promising start to the season.

Just how bad was it? Here’s the entire chronological list of Dolphins drives throughout the game: Punt, Punt, Punt, Punt, Punt, Punt, Punt, Interception (thrown by the Punter), Turnover on Downs, Turnover on Downs, Interception, Touchdown. Game over.

That level of futility put Miami in jeopardy of being shut out for the first time since 2013. Only the Parker dive at the end avoided that.

A 69-yard touchdown from Josh McCown to Robby Anderson was the highlight 30 minutes into the game. Gaining only 49 yards on 24 plays through the first half, Miami was down 10-0 at the break.

But if halftime adjustments were to be hoped for, they surely fell short of the bar, as the Dolphins were dominated in almost every aspect of the game.

Much of the attention around the NFL was given off the field due to previous remarks made by President Trump at a rally in Alabama, in which he called players who didn’t stand for the national anthem “sons of b******.”

Six Dolphins kneeled during the anthem, while the rest of the team, including owner Stephen Ross, locked arms. Several players and coaches wore black t-shirts before the game that read “#ImWithKap,” a reference to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began his protest against police brutality and racial injustice by sitting and kneeling for the anthem last year.

“It just amazes me with everything else that’s going on in the world, especially with the U.S., that’s what you [President Trump] are concerned about?” Dolphins safety Michael Thomas, one of the players who kneeled, said. Thomas did not kneel in the first game. “I’ve got a daughter. She’s going to have to live in this world. I’m going to do whatever I’ve got to do to make sure she can look at her dad and be like ‘You did something. You tried to make a difference.’”

The Dolphins (1-1) next game is in London next Sunday where they will face the New Orleans Saints (1-2). The games is at 9:30 a.m. ET and will air locally on Fox.

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Irma Updates (Including Debris Pick-Up), the Downtown Boca Campus and More

Debris removal

Pieces of roofing on the curb at Briny Breezes have yet to be removed. Photo by Marie Speed.

Pieces of roofing and tree branches on the curb at Briny Breezes have yet to be removed. Photo by Marie Speed.

Just as Florida Power & Light asked customers to be patient while the company restored electricity, officials in Boca Raton and Delray Beach want residents to be patient while trucks pick up debris from Hurricane Irma. Read more

Randy Schultz has lived in Boca Raton since 1985 and has worked as a journalist in South Florida since 1974. He spent 37 years at The Palm Beach Post, the last 23 as editorial page editor. He has written the City Watch blog for Boca Raton Magazine since February 2014. He also writes a weekly oped column for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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Boca Raton Nearly Back to Normal After Irma, Debris Remains a Problem

Cleaning up and restoring power

A fallen tree atop a car in Boca Raton. Photo by Randy Shultz.

A fallen tree atop a car in Boca Raton. Photo by Randy Schultz.

As of Monday morning, according to Mayor Susan Haynie, only 140 homes in Boca Raton still lacked electricity. Traffic signals were working, and except for all the debris it was a normal workday. Read more

Randy Schultz has lived in Boca Raton since 1985 and has worked as a journalist in South Florida since 1974. He spent 37 years at The Palm Beach Post, the last 23 as editorial page editor. He has written the City Watch blog for Boca Raton Magazine since February 2014. He also writes a weekly oped column for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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Last Minute Drama Leads Miami Dolphins to Win in Opener

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by Ian Hest

The Miami Dolphins might have been a week late opening their NFL season due to Hurricane Irma, but they were anything but weak late in their first game.

Cody Parkey put the Phins out in front 19-17 on a 30-yard field goal with just over a minute left to play against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers missed a game-winning field goal, and with nine seconds left, Miami earned its first win of the season.

In front of a crowd of just 25,000, half wearing aqua and orange, the Dolphins bookended Parkey’s scoring, beginning in the first quarter with his first of four through the uprights.

The Chargers responded with 10 straight second quarter points and led 10-3 at halftime.

Miami’s quarterback, Jay Cutler, is playing his first regular season for the Phins. He threw 230 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills in the third quarter to tie the game at 10.

Less than four minutes later, LA retook the lead when Phillip Rivers connected with longtime teammate and tight end Antonio Gates for a seven-yard touchdown. In the process, Gates passed Tony Gonzalez for most career touchdowns by a tight end.

With a healthy dose of running back Jay Ajayi, who ran for 122 yards on 28 carries, and the dynamic duo of wide receivers Jarvis Landry (13 catches, 78 yards) and Devante Parker (4 catches, 85 yards), Miami refused to falter.

Three consecutive field goals by Parkey, a Jupiter native who signed just two weeks ago, eventually gave the Dolphins the lead and the win.

Missing in the opener was major off-season free agent signing Lawrence Timmons. The linebacker reportedly left the team earlier in the weekend and the Dolphins were unsure of his status in the hours leading up to the game. As of Monday, head coach Adam Gase provided little about the situation that led to Timmons leaving the team, and his status moving forward is still in question. Timmons, according to ESPN, hopes to play next week.

At 1-0, the Dolphins are now in sole possession of first place in the AFC East for the first time since September 2010.

Miami heads up north next Sunday, as they face the winless New York Jets. The game starts at 1p.m. ET and can be seen locally on CBS.

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City Watch After the Storm: Updates and Status

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Irma postscript

Too many homes and businesses still don’t have power. Debris clogs too many streets.

Yet Boca Raton and Delray Beach are not Cudjoe Key or Naples. Read more

Randy Schultz has lived in Boca Raton since 1985 and has worked as a journalist in South Florida since 1974. He spent 37 years at The Palm Beach Post, the last 23 as editorial page editor. He has written the City Watch blog for Boca Raton Magazine since February 2014. He also writes a weekly oped column for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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How You Can Help Your Local Community After Hurricane Irma

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Hurricane Irma bowled over the Caribbean and Florida and left a path of fallen pins in its wake.

But that doesn’t mean they won’t be picked up.

Local businesses and community members are already working to clean up and help those in need after this devastating storm. This report is by no means comprehensive, but here are some relief efforts that you can donate to or volunteer with.

Junior League members Jena LaMendola and Reilly Glasser with baby supplies donated for victims of Hurricane Irma. Photo provided by the JLBR.

Junior League members Jena LaMendola and Reilly Glasser with baby supplies donated for victims of Hurricane Irma. Photo provided by the JLBR.

  • The Junior League of Boca Raton is holding a diaper drive until Oct. 1, and all diapers are being distributed to families in need in the Florida Keys through a partnership with Caring for the Keys. Diapers can be donated to the Vegso Community Center at 261 NW 13 Street, Boca Raton. For questions call 561/620-2553 or email [email protected] JLBR has already donated more than 1,000 diapers to babies who need them in the Florida Keys.
  • Signature Gives Back First Annual Fundraiser will donate 100 percent of sales to victims of Hurricane Irma. The fundraiser will be at Silverball Pinball Museum in Delray Beach Oct. 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is open to children and adults. The event will feature prizes, raffles, a silent auction, unlimited pinball, a skeeball tournament, networking opportunities and more. For more information call 561/705-0140.
  • The City of Boynton Beach and the YMCA are hosting a Hurricane Irma Supply Drive Sept. 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sept. 25-28 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Drop off unused supplies like bleach, diapers, baby wipes and shampoo, tents, batteries, flashlights, toys and games. Drop-off locations are at the Boynton Beach Civic Center, DeVos-Blum YMCA, Boynton Beach Fire Station #2, Boynton Beach Fire Station #5 and the Boynton Beach Police Department. Please call Amy Blackman at 561/742-6236 for more information.
  • Kaufman Lynn Construction and United Way of Broward County are working together to collect non-perishable food and other unused supplies to aid victims of the hurricane. You can drop supplies off at 4850 T-Rex Ave., Boca Raton by Thursday, Sept. 21. All items will be delivered to The Pride Center at Equality Park in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, where they will then be distributed to those most in need.
  • The state and FEMA have opened a Disaster Recovery Center at the Carolyn Sims Center at 225 NW 12 Ave., Boynton Beach. There, people can get information about disaster assistance programs and are encouraged to share their personal situations. Representatives can also help people apply for federal disaster assistance.
  • See our post about local dining events that will contribute to relief efforts.
  • Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa is teaming up with the Young Professionals of the Palm Beaches to put on a Burger & Craft Beer Bash Saturday, Sept. 23 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Breeze Ocean Kitchen. Tickets are $55 for unlimited burger and beer samples, and a portion of the event’s proceeds will go to local Hurricane Irma relief efforts. Tickets can be purchased here.
  • Boca Raton Fire Fighter & Paramedic Benevolent will collect donations to send to the Keys starting Sunday, Sept. 17 through Thursday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fire Station No. 1 at 1151 N Federal Highway. Items needed include water, non-perishable food, bleach, hand sanitizer and camping equipment like tents, lanterns, cots and tarps.
  • There will be a benefit concert at CityPlace in West Palm Beach on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Donate money or bring supplies and listed to live music by the band Holidazed.
  • Wall Miami will donate 100 percent of door sales Friday through Sunday to the Red Cross for relief efforts related to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Friday, Sept. 15 Leo Medina and Johnny Cash will be on the turn tables. Saturday Chicco Secci will start the party, and the weekly party Secret Sin Sunday will be hosted by Dilo and Jonathan Estallo with music by ATG and Nikolas.
  • Spodak Dental Group is acting as a supply drop-off center for AVDA, Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence, which needs nonperishables and supplies for its shelter without power. Spodak is at 3911 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach and is open Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The Adolph & Rose Levis JCC Sandler Center’s Beifield Auditorium on the Federation Campus, 21050 95th Ave. South in Boca Raton, is collecting donations today through Sept. 15 and Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 13 and 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 17. There are volunteer opportunities on-site, and items in need include water, diapers, toothbrushes, underwear, snacks and more. For more information, call Summer Faerman at 561/571-1274 or email [email protected]
  • If you have to go back to work but you have children, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is hosting a Hurricane Break Camp for kids 4 to 12 Thursday, Sept. 14 and Friday, Sept. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It costs $45 for members and $50 for non-members and is first-come first-served. Visit sfsciencecenter.org for more information.
  • You can get a free hot meal at the BB&T Center Sept. 13 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. thanks to 20 food trucks and JetBlue.
  • Sign up to volunteer through Volunteer Florida here.
  • The Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County is accepting donations to its relief fund, which goes directly to those in need. Find out more here.
  • It goes without saying, but you can always find volunteer opportunities through the American Red Cross. You can donate here.
  • You can donate or volunteer with the United Way of Palm Beach County. Learn more here.
  • The Palm Beach Zoo will need volunteers, and it is asking those interested to monitor its Facebook page to see when people might be needed.

We’ve also seen random acts of kindness all over Florida. Take this girl, who delivered donuts to Florida Power and Light crews in Fort Pierce.

Even if you can’t donate money or go out of your way to volunteer, just being a great friend, neighbor and listener will help tremendously after Irma. It’s times like these that we see the absolute best in people.

We’ll update this post as often as possible to keep you informed of even more volunteer opportunities.


Last updated at 2:26 p.m., Sept. 21. 

Shayna is the Web Editor of Boca Magazine. She is a 20-something sorta-recent graduate from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism. Most of her time is spent fawning over cats and kittens; cooking food at home for her family; and observing Florida’s greatest asset: nature.
Feeding the pumpkin whipped cream. Photo by Allison Lewis

Pumpkin Spice Latte Returns at Starbucks … But There’s Another Surprise

It’s the day we’ve all (ok, many of us) been waiting for: the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back at Starbucks. At least in South Florida. It’s complicated, but here’s what we know so far:

The announcement was made via Facebook Live. A guy in orange plaid and a large cowboy hat added elements to a barnyard scene every few minutes: a “Gourd Morning” sign, a plant, a nest, a clock, an orange box and a beautiful pumpkin.

Starbucks Live PSL release. Photo by Allison Lewis

Starbucks Live PSL release screengrab.

Then, he took an orange mug with the numbers “756” out of the orange box. Of course, this update began a slew of theories: you need to say “756” to get a PSL, a “756” is an upside down PSL, it’s a PSL frappe.

The orange "756" mug. Photo by Allison Lewis

The orange “756” mug.

Then the ranch hand began feeding the pumpkin whipped cream. This felt really bizarre. And confusing.

Feeding the pumpkin whipped cream. Photo by Allison Lewis

Feeding the pumpkin whipped cream. User Maggie Sharp has a good point.

But the video isn’t over. Next, there’s a sign about pumpkins enjoying cereal milk.

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Reading the updated sign.

And then another sign…

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Waiting for Eastern Mountain Pumpkin Time.

And here’s where we are in the saga right now: waiting for the pumpkin to hatch. Or something.

Waiting for the pumpkin to hatch. Photo by Allison Lewis

And now we wait.

As everyone watching tried to figure this out, I’d already had my first PSL of the season, thanks to its early release in South Florida. The Boynton Beach Starbucks had the chalkboard sign updated. However, the Worth Avenue Starbucks didn’t—apparently, you have to “ask to receive.” But hey, not every store is the same, right? (And now you know you have to ask.)

Photo by Allison Lewis

Photo by Allison Lewis

Cheers to the return of fall’s favorite drink.

Allison Lewis is the associate editor at Boca Raton Magazine and a native St. Louisan. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. In her spare time, Allison enjoys cooking, playing Ultimate frisbee, reading, traveling and watching sports.
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Petrolia Announces For Mayor, Budgets in Boca and Delray and More

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Commissioner Shelly Petrolia.

Commissioner Shelly Petrolia.

Delray Beach City Commissioner Shelly Petrolia will run for mayor next March.

Petrolia announced her decision this week on the TakeBackDelrayBeach Faceboook page. Petrolia has held the District 1 seat since 2013 and could have run for another three-year term. She was unopposed in 2015.

The TakeBackDelrayBeach administrator is Kelly Barrette, who ran unsuccessfully against Jim Chard this year for the open District 2 seat. Petrolia openly supported Barrette in that race and Josh Smith in District 4. Barrette and Smith lost by wide margins, so Petrolia’s decision is interesting. Mitch Katz, who has filed for reelection to Seat 3, also backed Barrette and Smith.

Mayor Cary Glickstein is eligible to run for another term. He told me Wednesday that he hasn’t decided.

Boca and Delray budgets

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Boca Raton and Delray Beach have released their preliminary 2017-18 budgets.

City Manager Leif Ahnell proposes hiring 34 additional employees in Boca and increasing the operating budget by almost $10 million. The tax rate would not change, but residents would pay more because of rising property values. Ahnell also wants to raise the fire fee by $20 for every homeowner. Increases for commercial properties would depend on the size of the property.

Notably, Ahnell wants to create a deputy director position in the Development Services Department. The city council has heard complaints about the slow pace of development approvals. Ahnell also wants to hire another assistant fire chief, which would restore a position that was cut during the recession. He proposes adding four firefighters and four police officers.

Those hires align with the council’s stated goal to maintain levels of key services. The council also wants the city to promote itself more, so Ahnell’s budget includes two positions for public relations and digital media.

Similarly, Delray Beach Interim City Manager Neal de Jesus said his budget would address the basics: services and backlogged repair work. De Jesus wants five new police officers—all outside the Community Redevelopment Agency boundaries—and eight additional firefighter/paramedics. Obviously, that second request is to deal with the continuing opioid epidemic.

As in Boca Raton, the tax rate would be essentially unchanged, but bills would rise. Delray Beach’s tax roll, de Jesus said, is at a record level. He proposes an increase of roughly $460,000 to the operating budget.

Both cities must hold two public hearings on their budgets next month before approving them in time for the Oct. 1 start of the fiscal year. I will have more after digging deeper into the numbers.

Police and fire contracts

Boca Raton and Delray Beach both spend most of their operating budgets on public safety. So police and fire contracts are major financial factors.

A city spokeswoman said Boca Raton has not finalized new, three-year contracts with the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF). The next meetings are with the police union on Sept. 12 and the fire union on Sept. 19.

Delray Beach already approved a new firefighter contract. Mayor Glickstein and commissioners Petrolia and Katz all praised the union, with Glickstein saying the Police Benevolent Association “could take a page” from the IAFF. All three could be on the ballot next March. The police contract expires next year.

As part of pension reform during the last negotiations, Delray Beach and the unions agreed to create separate police and fire pension boards—they have been combined—and also combine their administrative functions with the general employees fund. The city commission believes that the change will increase accountability and improve returns on the funds’ investments.

The transition, however, is not finished, because of what Glickstein called the funds’ “significant assets and rules regarding them.” The city’s legal team, he said, is preparing a timeline to complete the transition.

Weinroth’s war chest

Boca Raton City Councilman Robert Weinroth had a good fundraising month in June and a better one in July.

After raising about $16,000 for his March reelection campaign for Seat D, Weinroth added $18,500. He has a major fundraising event next month. No one has filed papers to challenge Weinroth, who would serve seven years if he wins again. The city has six-year term limits, but Weinroth first won in 2014 to fill out the last year of a term. He won a full term in 2015 without opposition.

Among Weinroth’s new contributions is $1,000 from Arnstein & Lehr, the firm that employs one of the lawyers representing GL Homes. GL is one of the bidders for the western golf course. Weinroth also received $1,000 from Art Koski. He’s executive director of the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District, which wants the council to underwrite bonds for the district’s $24 million purchase of the former Ocean Breeze golf course and money to make the course playable. Koksi also is suing the city over approval of Chabad East Boca, which Weinroth supported.

And Weinroth got $1,000 from Marta Batmasian. Her company, Investments Limited, has applied to build Phase 2 of the Royal Palm Place redevelopment. Investments Limited would tear down and replace some retail space and build nearly 300 residential units. The project is in the early stages of city review.

Rodgers raising funds, too

Also on the 2018 ballot is Councilman Jeremy Rodgers, who holds Seat C. His fundraising total for July, his first month since filing for reelection, shows nearly $13,000, including a $5,000 loan from Rodgers.

Among his contributions, Rodgers got $1,000 from attorney Bonnie Miskel. She represented Elad Properties, developer of Mizner 200. Rodgers, like the rest of the council, voted for the revised project this month. Miskel also represents Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Town Center Mall, among other clients, before the council.

Rodgers got $500 from architect Doug Mummaw, who designed that Royal Palm Place Phase 2 project on which the council might vote. Rodgers received $500 from Boca Beautiful President John Gore, whose group might weigh in on Mummaw’s project. Another $500 came from the law firm that represents Via Verde, one of four homeowner associations that surround Midtown. This fall, the council could set rules for Midtown development.

In addition, Rodgers got $250 from Katherine MacDougall, one of Koski’s plaintiffs in that Chabad East Boca lawsuit. Rodgers received $250 from Neil Haynie, who is married to Mayor Susan Haynie, and $250 from Seat A Councilman Scott Singer.

Annexing Highland Beach?

As he promised during the Boca Raton City Council’s goal-setting session in May, Councilman Rodgers is exploring the idea of the city annexing Highland Beach.

Rodgers believes that costs would drop for both cities if they combined services, though he doesn’t have data to prove that. He is seeking online comment from residents of both cities. Highland Beach has about 4,000 residents, almost all of whom live in high-rise condos.

As Rodgers acknowledges, this annexation—which is his initiative, not the council’s—would be a heavy lift. Voters in both cities would have to approve it. If the Boca council and the Highland Beach Town Commission didn’t put the proposal on the ballot, getting it to referendum through petition would require signatures from 15 percent of Boca Raton voters who cast ballots in the most recent city election and 20 percent of registered voters in Highland Beach.

This issue also involves Delray Beach. In July 2016, the city signed a new 10-year contract to provide fire-rescue services in Highland Beach. The deal essentially gives Delray Beach an extra fire station. Mayor Haynie said Highland Beach approached Boca Raton, which decided that the deal wouldn’t work financially.

I get Rodgers’ point about Boca Raton’s need for revenue. More likely, though, the city will try again on annexing a few neighborhoods on the northwest border. But Rodgers certainly thinks big.

Rumor control

We saw recently in Boca Raton one more example of how rumors can run unchecked on social media.

Just north of Addison Mizner Elementary School on Southwest 12th Avenue is the Center for Spiritual Living. For years, the church has allowed Addison Mizner parents to use its parking lot. The school fits tightly into the residential neighborhood. Parking is beyond tight.

As school opened two weeks ago, however, word went out that the church had closed off the parking lot. Outrage followed. How could the church do this?

But as pastor Jill Guerra told me, the problem was not with the church. Addison Mizner had not obtained the usual insurance policy that indemnifies the church from any accidents related to school activities. Such a policy is normal and proper. The organizers of Boca Raton’s Boating & Beach for People With Disabilities must have similar policies when they use Spanish River Park.

The school obtained the policy, and the parking lot is back in use. If they haven’t already done so, those who criticized the church might want to apologize.

Boca Hoops a slam dunk

Boca Raton residents may argue about growth, but everyone agrees that recreation is one of the city’s best amenities. With that in mind, here’s a shout-out for the people who started Boca Hoops nearly three decades ago.

My son and daughter played just about every rec league sport in the city: baseball, softball, flag football, soccer. Until Boca Hoops, however, there was no basketball. In 1989, however, Jody Forstot—a Boca physician—Mike Doyle and Bob Mullin started the league.

My grandsons will play this year in the 29th season. As its website states, Boca Hoops helped to plan the Sugar Sand fieldhouse where most of the games take place. During last weekend’s jamboree, a banner saluted the 34 original sponsors of Boca Hoops. Thanks to them, thanks to the founders and thanks to all the people who each year make possible what not long ago didn’t exist and what now we can’t imagine the city without.


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Randy Schultz has lived in Boca Raton since 1985 and has worked as a journalist in South Florida since 1974. He spent 37 years at The Palm Beach Post, the last 23 as editorial page editor. He has written the City Watch blog for Boca Raton Magazine since February 2014. He also writes a weekly oped column for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
The Boca Raton Tri-Rail station. Photo by Aaron Bristol.

The Facts About Midtown and Tri-Rail, Remembering Carol Hanson

Midtown in perspective

The Boca Raton Tri-Rail station. Photo by Aaron Bristol.

The Boca Raton Tri-Rail station. Photo by Aaron Bristol.

There are meetings today and Wednesday about a second Tri-Rail station for Boca Raton. Discussion of the station likely will lead to a discussion of Midtown. So let’s base the discussion on facts. Read more

Randy Schultz has lived in Boca Raton since 1985 and has worked as a journalist in South Florida since 1974. He spent 37 years at The Palm Beach Post, the last 23 as editorial page editor. He has written the City Watch blog for Boca Raton Magazine since February 2014. He also writes a weekly oped column for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.