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View of the intracoastal from Veteran's Park in Delray Beach. On Tuesday, the Delray Beach City Council selected a new city manager.
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New City Manager for Delray, Boca Election Updates and Other News

New city manager Delray Beach residents can be proud of how their elected officials chose the city’s next CEO. In a special meeting late Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Cary Glickstein and the city commission unanimously chose Mark Lauzier, an assistant city manager in Tacoma, Wash. No one grandstanded.…
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Delray City Manager Vote, Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Temporarily Banned

Delray city manager finalists Both finalists for Delray Beach city manager live far from the city, but one has a local connection. Mark Lauzier is an assistant city manager in Tacoma, Wash., the Seattle suburb that is home to 200,000 people. Previously, he served as city manager in Parkland, the…
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Moving Addison Mizner, Recouping Debris Pickup Fees, Budget Notes and More

Moving Mizner? Almost everyone in Boca Raton loves Addison Mizner Elementary, but not everyone likes the school where it is. Single-family homes surround Addison Mizner on Southwest 12th Avenue just south of Palmetto Park Road. During morning drop-off and afternoon pickup, cars back up on 12th…
The Boca Raton Tri-Rail station. Photo by Aaron Bristol.
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The Facts About Tri-Rail, Issues with Royal Palm Place Expansion and More

Time yet? It happened a long way from South Florida, but the massacre in Las Vegas should prompt more reflection about violence—especially gun violence—in our country. The shooting was the worst in American history, with nearly 60 killed and more than 500 injured—some of them trampled rather than…
A tree torn out of the earth by Hurricane Irma near Yamato and Second Avenue. While trees like this one have been removed, piles of debris still line the city's streets. Photo by David Shuff.
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Post-Irma Blues, Ocean Breeze, Delray's City Manager Woes

Hurricane gouging legal Hurricane price gouging is illegal in Florida, but the Boca Raton City Council and the Delray Beach City Commission just legalized it. They had no choice. A problem that began in Broward County has spread to Palm Beach County. With damage from Irma here, from Harvey in Texas…
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Ocean Breeze Presentation Today, Delray City Manager Out-of-Staters

What to do with Ocean Breeze? Some things will be clearer this afternoon after the Boca Raton City Council hears a presentation on the former Ocean Breeze golf course. Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District Director Art Koski will tell the council that the National Golf Foundation recommends…
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Irma Updates (Including Debris Pick-Up), the Downtown Boca Campus and More

Debris removal 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. During Wednesday night’s budget workshop meeting, Delray…
A fallen tree atop a car in Boca Raton. Photo by Randy Shultz.
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Boca Raton Nearly Back to Normal After Irma, Debris Remains a Problem

Cleaning up and restoring power 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. Obviously, though, Irma remains the main topic. Of that debris, Haynie…
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City Watch After the Storm: Updates and Status

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. Neither city had structural damage or flooding, though Boca Raton did lose about 80 feet of beach. City services are resuming. Boca…
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Petrolia Announces For Mayor, Budgets in Boca and Delray and More

Petrolia's announcement 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…
The Boca Raton Tri-Rail station. Photo by Aaron Bristol.
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The Facts About Midtown and Tri-Rail, Remembering Carol Hanson

Midtown in perspective 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. Begin with the history. In 2009, the city council designated five…
Private citizens will still be able to set up religious displays at Sanborn Square. Photo by Aaron Bristol.
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Sanborn Square Private Displays Ordinance Fails, Boca City Council Lays Out Ocean Breeze Ordinance

Bring on Festivus. Or Satan. Or whatever and whoever. That was the overwhelming sentiment Tuesday night when the Boca Raton City Council heard from residents about an ordinance that would have prohibited private displays at Sanborn Square. Last December, a high school teacher—filled with the…
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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…

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…
Sanborn Square. Photo courtesy of the City of Boca Raton.

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,…
Mummaw and Associate's rendering of Phase 2 of Royal Palm Place.
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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,…