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Boca’s 2 mayor candidates have their say

Running for re-election, Mayor Scott Singer touted the city’s progress and priorities. Running a second time as the only challenger, Bernard Korn wants term limits and full-time elected officials.

They’re the only Boca Raton candidates on the presidential preference primary ballot March 17. Board member Gene Folden fielded audience questions at the Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Associations meeting Tuesday. Here’s excerpts:

Opening statements:

Singer: We’ll have a new public school for the first time in more than a decade. Brightline [train station] will be a game changer. Crime is down 14 percent. The 47th city park just opened. We’re investing in the city’s infrastructure. We have a waterfront park plan.

Korn: Three years ago, I recruited candidates for two seats and mentored them. This year I tried to recruit other candidates. Out of 65,000 voters, I was the only one to qualify. Why?

Q: Selling the western golf course will earn the city $65 million. How will you use the money?

Singer: Investing in infrastructure such as our community center will get the lion’s share. Also Brightline, [train station and parking garage projects.]

Korn: What happened to Boca National [public golf course]. How many years will it take [for an approval]? Get it done. Brightline is a private company.

Q: The city manager will retire in three years. Do you have a plan to replace him?

Singer: We have three years. We have new department heads and an interim police chief. Overall we’re training staff for excellence.

Korn: We have a weak mayor form of government. They have other businesses to run. We need a full-time government. This is not a hobby.

Q: How would you make downtown more pedestrian friendly?

Singer: More flashing beacons.
Wayfinding signs. Connected Wildflower and Silver Palm parks. New restaurants and stores are coming in.

Korn: Cars are coming from all directions. Trains back up traffic. More development will mean more pedestrian and car traffic.

By Marci Shatzman

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