It’s Peter Gary, publisher of the Boca Voice. Welcome to the July edition of our monthly Boca Voice newsletter.
Happy almost July Fourth. We’re all looking forward to the holiday weekend.
But first, July 1 will mark a medical milestone for Boca Raton, as our city continues to attract more companies and young families looking for good jobs, education and medical care.
Today’s the first official day Boca Raton Regional Hospital will become part of Baptist Health South Florida’s network.
The hospital will mark the day with a reception to celebrate the start of the partnership. Among the guests will be the newly appointed CEO Lincoln Mendez and the current CEO Jerry Fedele, who’s retiring in August after rescuing the hospital from the brink 10 years ago and growing it to this point.
Joining Baptist Health’s network of hospitals and other medical facilities was the next logical step for what started as a small community hospital more than 50 years ago.
Like our city, it grew and grew.
In fact, the hospital just broke ground on a new parking garage, the first new building on the expanded Meadows Road campus that eventually will include a new patient tower and upgraded facilities.
July 1 is also the first day that texting and driving will be considered a primary driving offense in Florida. Here in Boca, a ceremonial bill signing will be held at a memorial on Palmetto Park Road where five young teenagers died in a terrible car crash 23 years ago. State Rep. Emily Slosberg survived, but her twin sister Dori was killed. Emily will be joined by her father, former State Rep. Irv Slosberg, public officials and law-enforcement. Irv and Emily formed the foundation Dori Saves Lives and Emily was the primary sponsor of the bill.
City council is on summer hiatus with only one set of meetings later this month. But Boca’s business community continues to thrive and diversify.
Longtime Boca/Brazilian businessman Carlo Barbieri, CEO of the Oxford Group, will speak on globalization and opportunities in Brazil at the Chamber’s International Business Alliance Tuesday July 2.
The Chamber’s monthly breakfast meeting is 7:30 a.m. July 11 at the Marriott Boca Raton in the Boca Center. Cleveland Clinic Florida is the sponsor and one of their medical directors is speaking on common athletic injuries. Click here to register.
Finally, if you’re celebrating Independence Day with fireworks, you have a choice. The city’s Fabulous Fourth is 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Spanish River Athletic Facility/de Hoernle Park with free off-site parking and shuttles from Boca Innovation Center.
The county’s 4th of July Celebration is in Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park in west Boca from 6 to 9 p.m.
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