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City Watch: See if these float your boat

Red Reef Park’s north restrooms at the beach are getting much-needed renovations.

The city’s nature center, Gumbo Limbo, can finally start reconstructing the rest of the boardwalk and build a new observation tower. Sealed bids are in for $1,093,515.

And happy news for boaters. The money to keep dredging the Boca Inlet to keep navigation going smoothly was also approved at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Here’s a quick look at what else was approved:

  • Engineering services for the 1-95 at Glades Interchange improvements project. It’s estimated construction will begin during the summer of 2020. Improvements could include constructing a flyover ramp running east-west along Glades Road with the entry point located east of the Airport Road intersection.
  • Designs for the rest of the boardwalk restoration and extension, construction of an additional bathroom, pavilions, rehabilitating canoe trails, canoe/kayak launches and landings and a coastal hammock and a walking path along part of the property for the Rutherford Park and Lake Wyman restoration project.
  • Lois Martin Community Center in the city’s Dixie Manor neighborhood is finally getting a redo after two major delays. The original work included new ceilings, flooring, windows, doors, kitchen renovations, painting, fire alarm upgrades, LED energy-efficiency lighting, and related demolition. Updated drawings were submitted on March 8 and later the kitchen conversion was scratched since food service for the CATS afterschool program and summer camp is provided by outside vendors.
  • The School Board of Palm Beach County is now required to assign one or more safe-school officers to each school when school is in session. This agreement will allow Boca Raton Police Services Department law-enforcement officers to be assigned to schools in the city not covered by the school police.
  • An agreement with Palm Beach County pay for constructing relocating utilities on Palmetto Park Road from SW 7th Avenue to SW 5th Avenue over the Lake Worth Drainage District’s E-4 Canal, also known as the El Rio Canal

By: Marci Shatzman

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