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Mid Boca group gets down to business on tower, Camino bridge

The county can’t do anything about the iguana scourge. And reopening of the Camino Real bridge is still literally up in the air.

But County Commissioner Robert Weinroth said he supports the communications tower, pending approval, on the city’s municipal golf course out west.

Rezoning for the 400-foot tower is on the commission’s agenda at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Private landowners and some neighbors have spoken against the tower at recent city and county meetings.

“Our first responders need it. We need the height for proper communications,” Weinroth told the Alliance of Mid Boca (Raton) Residential Associations on Tuesday.

The new group is zeroing in on issues of interest like the tower in communities west of I-95 in city limits, said Jerry Ruderman, president.

Palm Beach County is experiencing a boom because of tax law changes, Weinroth told the group. “We’re attracting a lot of new companies. The only thing lacking was a skilled labor force,” he added, citing president Dr. John Kelly for “raising the bar at Florida Atlantic University.”

He also praised new State Rep. Mike Caruso for “bringing home the bacon after this last legislative session.”

His own agenda includes education. 

Commissioners approved an agreement with the school district to provide reduced-price Palm Tran bus passes for middle and high school students, extending their use outside of school hours.

Palm Beach County Commissioner Robert Weinroth

His priority is more work force housing, so homeowners with moderate incomes can afford to live in Palm Beach County.

Weinroth’s also for funneling more federal dollars into public transit, including Palm Tran. “A vibrant public transportation system is essential,” he said, citing the county’s recent extension of student passes for use also after school hours.

He praised Boca’s new more vibrant downtown and said he anticipates Penn-Florida’s Mandarin Oriental Boca Raton hotel. He has “a deposit on a unit” since he and his wife Pam are empty nesters, he noted.

 “Joseph’s will be a better neighbor,” Weinroth said about the gourmet food market moving into the old Blue Martini and Pinion Grill spaces in Town Center at Boca Raton mall.

Ruderman is vice president of Via Verde Master Association that fought successfully against the nightclub’s late-night noise.

Putting heads together solved that issue. So did using a temporary school off-site during Verde and Addison Mizner elementaries’ rebuilds, Weinroth said.

He hopes Mid Boca’s upcoming issues can be resolved the same way, he said.

The next AMBRA meeting is 8:30 a.m. July 23 at ACTS Florida Regional Office, 6015 Verde Trail South. For more information about the group, email Ruderman at jerruder@aol.com or Jon Stormont at JStormont@Hawkeyefla.com

By Marci Shatzman

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