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What Boca did in 2019 and what’s next

You can tell what Boca cared about by how many people showed up and spoke at public meetings.

Here’s a 2019 look back, and what’s likely to happen in 2020.

·    Brightline: The city signed a lease to build a train station and parking garage. The site in front of the Downtown Library and next to Library Commons homes got pushback and concessions. What’s next? Construction.

·    Boca National Golf Course: The city took over building the new public course. Without a tax hike, the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District had a design, but not money to proceed.

Since the city is starting from scratch, the district is reconsidering. The next joint meeting is Jan. 27.

·    GL Homes agreed not to complete the sale of the city’s municipal golf course until the Boca National is built and/or the city wants to proceed.

·    Boca Raton Regional Hospital became part of Baptist Health South Florida’s network on July 1. Baptist Health and UnitedHealthcare reached an agreement to renew its network relationship with the hospital starting Dec. 1.

·    Boca Raton Children’s Museum closed after Florence Fuller Child Development Centers gave it back to the city. Will the city reopen it or not?

·    Professional Golfer Association announced the annual Championship Tour tourney in January is now part of the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs in October.

·    Verde Elementary was razed and the students moved to a temporary school. The new Verde is under construction as a K-8. Addison Mizner is next. The city gets a new grade school, too.

·    Ocean Strand is back on the drawing board as a park. The district had it appraised but said it was no sale anyway and lawyers agreed.

By Marci Shatzman

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