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All the News on Midtown, New Candidates in Delray
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All the News on Midtown, New Candidates in Delray

At last, we can start to see the new Midtown. Last week, the Boca Raton Planning and Zoning Board heard the presentation from city planners on changes that would allow redevelopment of the area east of Town Center Mall and west of Boca Center that until 14 years ago was part of the county. This […]
Little Interest in Investigation of Haynie
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Little Interest in Investigation of Haynie

Local TV crews almost never cover Boca Raton City Council meetings. The TV people came Monday, however, hoping for something big. They didn’t get it. The crews came for discussion of The Palm Beach Post article that purported to reveal “secret financial ties” between Mayor Susan Haynie and James and Marta Batmasian, the city’s largest […]
More on Haynie Controversy
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More on Haynie Controversy

The Boca Raton City Council has a long agenda on Monday. We’ll get to that. Obviously, though, the focal point will be a discussion of The Palm Beach Post story about Mayor Susan Haynie and James and Marta Batmasian, Boca Raton’s largest private landowners. BocaWatch wants the council to conduct “an investigation” of the allegations […]
Breaking Down the Haynie-Batmasian Story
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Breaking Down the Haynie-Batmasian Story

The Haynie-Batmasian connection Over the weekend, The Palm Beach Post ran a story headlined: “Secret financial ties between Boca mayor, Batmasian revealed.” The article has set up a potentially combustible city council meeting on Monday. First, let’s break down the story. The headline speaks of a “secret” financial relationship. In fact, I wrote just before […]
Midtown Rules, New Delray City Manager, Election Updates from Delray and Boca and More
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Midtown Rules, New Delray City Manager, Election Updates from Delray and Boca and More

Midtown update Proposals to redevelop Boca Raton’s Midtown neighborhood will go before the planning and zoning board next week with a staff recommendation to approve them. The board twice considered the Midtown changes, in December 2016 and last April. The city council discussed them during a July workshop. Since then, Crocker Partners—one of the major […]
New Ideas for Wildflower, Uptown Update & More News of Note from Boca and Delray
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New Ideas for Wildflower, Uptown Update & More News of Note from Boca and Delray

Wildflower visions bloom A collision looms in Boca Raton over the controversial Wildflower property. Last year, residents who live across the Intracoastal Waterway from the site organized a petition drive against plans to lease the property for a full-service restaurant. They portrayed the ordinance as necessary to protect waterfront parks from development. In fact, the […]
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