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Publisher Letter

November letter from the publisher

Hello Boca!

It’s Peter Gary, publisher of the Boca Voice. Welcome to the November edition of our monthly newsletter.

Our restaurants and retailers are already gearing up for Thanksgiving. And the city’s holiday parades and concerts kick off with the holiday festival and tree lighting Nov. 23 in Mizner Park Amphitheater.

But let’s not rush the holidays. We’re just looking forward to the end of another hurricane season and a cool down.

Boca is veterans central. You’ll see vets wearing their unit names on their caps. I’m a proud Marine. So I’m glad that Veterans Day Nov. 11 is such a big deal here. The city’s events are so popular, they’re moving to a larger venue, Countess deHoernle Park.

A free breakfast for vets in uniform or with a military ID is 9 to 9:30 a.m. The annual Veterans Day Observance and medallion ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m. There’s a resource fair through the morning for vets who need help with their benefits.

“An American Tribute” free concert by the Florida Wind Symphony is 7 to 8:30 p.m. that night in the open-air Mizner Park Amphitheater. Conductor Kyle Prescott always ends by playing the military services’ theme songs and asking vets or their families to stand. It’s a very emotional moment.

News wise, expect Brightline/Virgin Trains to be back before city council with more details. They expect to expedite their plans to build a Boca station and garage on city land in front of the Downtown Library and community garden on Northwest Second Avenue. The company was already in town, hearing out concerns by nearby Library Commons residents.

We may also finally see a resolution on who will pay for constructing the city’s public golf course in Boca Teeca. A joint meeting is the evening of Nov. 12 between city council and the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District. Both want to oversee Boca National Golf Course and they’ve been at odds for months over the design and how to move forward.

On the social circuit, November starts high season here. If you’re new to town or want to get involved, a comprehensive Boca Calendar rides on our web site at

Thanks for following all of these meetings and events in our fair city on Boca Voice.


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