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Mizner 200 Decision Nears, Delray Looks For City Manager, More on Boca Downtown Campus

Game time for Mizner 200 Mizner 200 made today’s agenda for the Boca Raton Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). Whether the city council approves the revised project remains, like the question of whether an injured athlete can play, a game-time decision. As the staff memo for the city council—which…
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Customs Facility Delayed, No Marijuana in Boca?

Airport delays The customs facility at Boca Raton Airport will open at least two months late. The plan was that the gateway, which will save private pilots and their passengers an extra stop at Palm Beach International or Fort Lauderdale Executive, was supposed to be ready by Labor Day. But Airport…
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Council, District at Odds on Ocean Breeze; A Taller Ocean Palm

Ocean Breeze hits a snag The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District would like to close on its purchase of the former Ocean Breeze golf course in October. Based on my conversations with city council members, that doesn’t seem likely. Why? The district still hasn’t given city staff materials…
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Rodgers and Weinroth Are Off and Running Already

And they’re off! It will surprise no one, but Jeremy Rodgers has filed for re-election to the Boca Raton City Council. Rodgers won Seat C two years ago in a three-candidate race. He was expected to seek a second term, despite balancing council work with raising four young children, having…
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Will Seniors Cost Boca? Modernizing Medicine Expansion, Chabad East Boca Saga Continues

New development—for the old Two examples may not make for a trend in Boca Raton, but they could signal a new phase in the type of development projects that come before the city. At its July 20 meeting, the planning and zoning board unanimously recommended approval of an adult living facility…
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Deal Close on Mizner 200, Down With Festivus, and Delray's Parking Plans

  Mizner 200 There is near-agreement on changes to Mizner 200. If the agreement holds and a revised submittal arrives soon enough, members of the Boca Raton City Council on Aug. 21 can approve the downtown condo and congratulate themselves for improving the project. Last week’s five-hour-plus,…
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Big Plans for Royal Palm Place, Fatal Blow for Swinton Commons?

Royal Palm Place: big changes ahead There have been rumors for months about Royal Palm Place’s planned redevelopment. The rumors now are true. Investments Limited—the property’s owner—has submitted to Boca Raton plans for the second phase of redevelopment. Though the project would include…
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Mizner 200 Marathon, a Higher Fire Fee, and a Coastal Commuter Rail

Mizner 200 meeting gets heated The tone was set early on Monday when the Boca Raton City Council debated Mizner 200. After the staff presentation on the condo project, attorney Robert Sweetapple addressed the council. Sweetapple’s record of lawsuits against the city goes back roughly three decades,…
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Mizner 200 Decision, Boca Raton's Money Trail and More

No surprises with Mizner 200 There will be nothing much new Monday when the Boca Raton Community Redevelopment Agency—the mayor and city council—considers Mizner 200. City staff recommends approval, as the staff did before the luxury condo project got favorable votes from the community appearance…
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Boca on the Waterfront, Delray Considers Going After Big Pharma

Waterfront plan Boca Raton residents can find much in the developing waterfront plan that is reason for excitement. Last Wednesday, Kona Gray of EDSA, the city’s consultant, presented renderings of improvements to existing parks and two concepts for the Wildflower property. The presentation…
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Who Will Run Delray, Road Rage in Boca and More

More Delray turnover Turnover at the top levels of Delray Beach government continues. Assistant City Manager Dale Sugerman has resigned. The former town manager of Highland Beach lasted less than a year. His departure leaves Delray Beach with Caryn Gardner-Young, who holds the other assistant’s…
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Planning Boca's Next Half-Century, Delray's Big Decision

Waterfront meeting Boca Raton is about to receive two important consultant reports. One will be from EDSA, the company that is helping the city design its waterfront upgrade/access plan. On Wednesday, EDSA will hold a second community meeting at the Downtown Library from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. According…
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Chabad Losers Appeal, Delray Fills CRA, Delray's Reading Goals

Chabad case going federal The lawsuit by two Boca Raton residents who allege that the city conspired with a Jewish congregation has gone to a federal appeals court. The plaintiffs’ latest filing is more of the same. Gerald Gagliardi and Kathleen MacDougall—you can see her on the BocaWatch website…
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Arts Garage on the Upswing, Talking Trash in Boca

Arts Garage makes a comeback The second act of Arts Garage is getting good reviews. Eight months ago, the Arts Garage board brought in Marjorie Waldo as CEO (pictured). The perilous state of the group’s finances became evident when Waldo cancelled last season’s theatrical productions. She then…
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BRRH News, Delray Wins Big (Again!), Boca Reviews its Top Employees

First, CEO Jerry Fedele will retire in August of next year, when he turns 65. When he arrived in 2008, Fedele said, he was asked for a long-term commitment. He pledged five years, but said he would not work past 65. "For personal reasons," he is sticking to that deadline. Second, and not…
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Politics as Usual Keeps 'Related' Government Campus in the Boca Conversation

Should Boca Raton let a private developer build a new government campus in return for being allowed to put up a lot of new downtown housing? And is that private developer really interested? The idea likely will come up next Wednesday when the city holds an open house on the campus from 4 p.m.…
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Should Delray Sue Over Opioids? A Downtown Boca Shuttle and More

Will Delray take legal action over opioid crisis? Should Delray Beach, beset by problems related to prescription painkillers, join class-action lawsuits against the pharmaceutical industry? Mayor Cary Glickstein will raise the issue at tonight’s city commission workshop. Governments at all…
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Delray Goes 2-For-4 and Boca In Climate Change Game?

CRA board appointments The Delray Beach City Commission got halfway Tuesday night toward creating a new board for the community redevelopment agency. One headline is that the board won’t be all new. Mayor Cary Glickstein nominated CRA Chairman Reggie Cox for another four-year term. Cox also…
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Update On All Things Ocean Breeze, Decision Time in Delray

New ideas on Ocean Breeze's fate The latest idea regarding the Ocean Breeze golf course is for Boca Raton to take over negotiations from the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District. After that, the city would seek to take the land by eminent domain. That likely won’t happen—probably for…
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Calmer Skies in Boca, More People and Money Are Coming

  The Trump effect President Trump has blown Mar-a-Lago for the summer. City politics are quiet. For now, there’s no turbulence at the Boca Raton Airport Authority. That’s a change from two years ago. The city council had just named one of its own, Robert Weinroth, and Deputy City Manager…