It’s Peter Gary, Publisher of the Boca Voice. Welcome to our November Edition!
As we enter into the 2017/2018 season, there are a lot of exciting events and holidays taking place, with much to be grateful for. Veterans Day and Thanksgiving are just a few to mention!
I’m excited to introduce a brand-new segment to the Boca Voice called The Boca Beat. City Councilman, Scott Singer, will be joining us each week recapping recent city news and events. He will take a look ahead at what is to come with a focus on local issues within the community of Boca Raton. Councilman Scott Singer will also be showing off his trivial knowledge when it comes to all things related to our fine city.
A lot has been taking place within the city council this month. The Boca Raton City Council approved the 2017-18 budget with amendments at the final budget hearing on October 2, 2017. Additions to the $443,173,500 operating budget included carryover amounts from 2016-17 projects still in progress, financial assistance to not-for-profit organizations and 48 new full-time positions, which will sustain the outstanding quality of City services and further the strategic goals of the City Council.
The Council approved this month the sale of its municipal golf course west of the city limits to the developer GL Holmes for at least $65 million. GL aims to build homes on the 194-acre golf course with the deal finalizing on November 14th.
There are multiple events taking place on Veteran’s Day, Saturday, November 11th. Starting in the morning from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the Boca Raton Cemetery, veteran’s groups and City officials will come together to honor all veterans. There will be music by Ft. Lauderdale Highlanders and the Boca Raton Community High School Band. Boca Raton Community High School NJROTC and Boca Raton Police and Fire Honor Guards will do Drills.
Along with this event, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM a Veterans Day evening concert will feature the Florida Wind Symphony: “An American Tribute” at Mizner Park Amphitheatre. Admission will be free at both events!
Following Veterans Day on November 12th, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is taking over in Mizner Park! Registration is at 6:30 AM, with a ceremony at 8 AM and the walk at 8:30 AM. This walk will help advance Alzheimer’s support, care, and research.
Boca is stirring over our local political leaders making big changes. Mayor Susan Haynie has announced she is running for Palm Beach County Commission District 4 seat, which is currently occupied by Commissioner Steven Abrams.
While Mayor Haynie is stepping away, her shoes will soon be filled. The question is, with who? City Council Member and Chairman of the Community Redevelopment Scott Singer has announced his candidacy for Mayor of Boca Raton. He hopes to continue his efforts on public safety and to bring jobs to the Boca Raton community if elected Mayor. Other candidates have announced and filed for the March 2018 Municipal Election. Both Robert Weinroth and Monica Mayotte are running for City Council Seat D, while Jeremy Rodgers is running for City Council Seat C.
Thanksgiving is around the corner! Keep an eye out for our ultimate Thanksgiving guide, and you will be sure to have the best dinner in town. Come out and support your local businesses and community on November 24th for Black Friday deals and steals.
Mizner Park Amphitheatre will be kicking off the holidays the right away on November 22nd from 5:30 to 8:30 PM with Boca’s annual tree lighting ceremony! The event will have a winter stage show, rides, games, snow, and pictures with Santa!
Stay in the know Boca, with YOUR Boca Voice!
Peter Gary – Publisher