Brightline president Patrick Goddard was predictably upbeat in his talk to Boca Raton Museum of Art benefactors.
He showed a master plan of the train station and parking garage locale in Boca. He expected some pushback and doesn’t see the city lease as a giveaway. See his quotes below.
But Goddard spent most of his talk on a company overview. Brightline’s next stop may be Disney, then Tampa, then on to Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
The museum “wholeheartedly” supports the station, board chair Jody Harrison Grass and executive director Irvin Lippman told the group. They see it as a “cultural express,” a way to bring more visitors into the museum in Mizner Park.
Here’s what Goddard has to say about the Boca train station and parking garage. The final public hearing is 6 p.m. Dec. 10 in city hall.
· Being able to come here to Boca, it takes a village.
· There will always be detractors and people who have their own agenda.
· I hope by this time next year, you can get on a train and go to Art Basel. [Goddard spoke at the museum’s Art Week Party. Art Basel Miami is Dec. 5 through 8. Lippman is Art Basel’s ombudsman.]
· I was asked by a TV reporter if I think we’re ripping Boca off. It’s a great opportunity for Boca, as a city and a world class destination. We’re leaving everything as is.
· [A slide showed logos of retail and restaurants in Mizner Park across from the planned station site.] There will be opportunities to develop things around it, new employees and customers.
[It was just announced Goddard will speak at Wednesday’s press conference with State Rep. Mike Caruso on a new suicide prevention bill. Brightline is expected to provide a match to the 211 helpline.]
By Marci Shatzman