If you heard Mayor Scott Singer’s State of the City address, you’d think Boca was a much bigger place. It’s that busy.
“Imagine the ideal city,” Singer said to start his talk in Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center’s 266-seat theater.
Singer detailed the beaches, taxes, services, financial standing, parks, recreation, events and more.
Boca’s proactive on water and sewer line improvements, instead of waiting for breaks, he said. There’s more than $50 million in upgrades in the budget to improves pipes and networks, he added.
City Fire Chief Tom Wood and interim Police Chief Michele Muccio spoke for themselves on videos. The city’s rebuilding fire station #6 and has a PulsePoint app for residents trained in CPR, Singer said.
The mayor detailed high-tech job growth and partnerships with FAU Research Park and Tech Runway “to nurture startups.”
The city has a “low tax climate and no millage increases in seven years,” Singer said. Boca retains a Triple A bond rating, he added.
“We’re streamlining permitting by 50 percent,” he said. “We’ve updated our sign code while preserving our Boca look.”
Singer plugged the incoming Brightline train station and garage. He cited grants to nonprofits the city hands out every year. Boca partners with Palm Beach County schools to build a temporary school and add a new elementary.
Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Florida Atlantic and Lynn universities help attract businesses here, he said.
The city officially opens Hillsboro El Rio Park II on Sunday, “to expand our green space,” he said. Lake Wyman will be reopened to kayaks. Wildflower and Silver Palm parks are combined and redesigned as a waterfront attraction.
Singer detailed the city’s free holiday and other events in city parks and Mizner Park Amphitheater. Art is Public Places and new way-finding signs are revitalizing the city, he said.
Via video, sustainability manager Lindsey Roland Nieratka detailed plans to assess and improve the city’s carbon footprint.
Boca expects to post Singer’s address on the city web site soon.
By Marci Shatzman