It’s Peter Gary, Publisher of the Boca Voice welcoming you to read the first letter of 2018! I hope you had a very happy holiday season and you are equally as excited as I am to kick the year off with a positive outlook and mindset!
The New Year brings endless possibilities into our lives; it’s the time to learn from the past and continue to move forward and look to the future. Have you thought about your goals? Do you have a plan to attain them? Set a bar for yourself and exceed it this year!
We have seen the positive growth and change that has turned our beautiful city into a walkable, vibrant downtown area. You have the ability to eat, live and play with world-class hotels, restaurants, shops, residences, and amenities all at your fingertips here in our transformed downtown Boca. The city is in a great place and has evolved before our eyes from a small retirement community on the beach to a buzzing and thriving metropolitan area.
2017 saw the birth and evolution of important projects and we are excited to see the progression this year. The waterfront master plan has been one of those key projects hotly debated, causing a great deal of controversy. The city of Boca Raton along with the greater beach and parks district of Boca Raton came together to make this much-needed revitalization of our waterfront parks possible. This project is one that we are in desperate need of and look forward to our residents enjoying these beautiful facilities this year.
As we look back over 2017 it gives us a moment to reflect on all we have accomplished together as a city and community. It has shown to be a monumental year. We have come to a place where we have found balance. An example of this is Mizner 200. The original design was not a good fit for our city and the City Council stepped up and did something to change this. The developer came back multiple time with design revisions until all were happy. With responsible government and city environments, we can have positive development and move forward to achieve the beautiful and thriving city we all want to see.
In October of 2017 Via Mizner secured a $398M loan for the continuation of its development project. A 2-million-square-foot mixed-use project in our downtown area. Via Mizner completed the 366-unit apartment building earlier this year and is now building the next phase. This project will transform our area and will be a key component in making our downtown one of luxury, convenience and world-class service. This project is a significant asset to Boca and all of Palm Beach County.
2018 brings with it an important election year for the Boca Raton City Council. We will keep you informed of the facts and information as it becomes available and look forward to seeing the outcome. For more information on who is running for office please check our website www.thebocavoice.comas well as the city website www.myboca.us.
We have some very big events coming up in our gorgeous city this month. We will keep you informed. Please check our website for more information.
We are extremely fortunate to live in a place where your voice is heard and actions are taken every day by our elected officials; improving the community we live in and helping to make our city the beautiful place we call home.
I am proud of all we have achieved together as a community this past year and I look forward to 2018 and how we can make it even better. Best wishes Boca Raton for a healthy and positive new year!
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Peter Gary – Publisher