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South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Crist set to name new Palm Beach County commissioner

I'm proud to have Abrams as the new commissioner. He was an excellent Mayor of Boca Raton, and was responsible for many positive and prosperous changes to the community. I'll never forget how hard he and the city council fought back in 2006 for the Scripps Research Institute to move down to Boca... despite how that ended up.  (Mar 13, 2009 | post #23)

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Will Palm Beach County see express toll lanes on Intersta...

Well it's one thing if the interstates are built with taxpayer money, but when taxpayers **** and moan about not having alternate transit services, like high speed buses and light rail, or better yet having highways that aren't in gridlock, how else do you see the problem being solved? It's amazing how much people yap away on this website about nonsense that isn't true. The fact is that since they've widened I-95 to 10 lanes in most of Palm Beach County, it has been a piece of cake to drive up and down. There isn't much gridlock on it in the 5-lane sections, and the HOV lane that exists on it already is meant solely for HOV vehicles anyway. This program would not only the extra two-lanes for travel by non-sun pass users, but it would also be good insurance for anyone that needs to go from north to south quicker, AND more importantly it will provide a steady funding source and throughway for rapid bus transit. That's my two bits. What do you guys think now?  (Feb 18, 2009 | post #12)

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Signs at Boca Raton schools can stay, but they will look ...

Olympic Heights isn't part of the Boca Raton city limits--it's technically part of unincorporated Palm Beach County. I agree about their signs; they never bothered me driving down Lyons.  (Feb 16, 2009 | post #14)

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Candidates lining up to replace Palm Beach County Commiss...

Yeah, my vote would go for Abrams. He did great things for the city while he was mayor of Boca.  (Jan 21, 2009 | post #14)

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Delray Beach reeling over resignation of County Commissio...

While I respect that a lot of people are sad that McCarty is resigning, I'm very pleased that PBC is making progress to abolish corruption amongst our public leaders.  (Jan 8, 2009 | post #3)

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Boca Raton Elementary School celebrates centennial

You people that post on these comment sections make me sick. Can't you just be happy for those kids that go there, and the milestone that this school has crossed? And are you nuts to believe that the education was better 100 years ago at the school than it is today? These children have so many more resources at their disposal today than the pioneers that lived in this community 100 years ago could have ever dreamed of. It pleases me to hear that Boca Raton Elementary is celebrating a centennial, and I look forward to celebrating the plethora of milestone celebrations ahead for our community.  (Dec 20, 2008 | post #3)

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Two entrepreneurs have designs for businesses on airport ...

IMAX! The screens @ the Muvico Palace aren't really big enough to convert to IMAX, but this space is PERFECT real estate to do that. Seeing the success the The Dark Knight and the high demand for IMAX tickets that are still sold out all around the country, it would be a waste not to put an IMAX multiplex there... and a bowling alley (cause Boca Bowl is slated to be torn down), and some sort of restaurant concept.  (Aug 18, 2008 | post #18)

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Coffers to get tighter in Boca Raton

This wasn't mentioned anywhere, but I stumbled upon some fun facts about annexing communities into Boca Raton while visiting the Development Services office at Boca City Hall. It is a ridiculously hard feat for the city to currently annex any of the communities left east of the Florida turnpike because of a number of variables--mainly, 60% of the residents in the said area/community (take Boca West for instance) would need to vote in favor of the annexation, but more than 50% of the homeowners in Boca West are snow birds and live up north for 6 months of the year. It was a nightmare for city hall when they annexed Via Verde and Fox Hill Estates a few years ago, so much so that they awarded the woman that coordinated it city employee of the year. Here's the real Catch 22 for people in "West Boca". Boca Raton is not permitted by the state of Florida to annex individual communities west of Florida's turnpike one-by-one because the entire region (bound by the Broward County line, Turnpike, and C-40 canal) is classified as a reserve. The only destiny for "West Boca" to incorporate would be for it to either become its own city or to be entirely swallowed by the City of Boca Raton. For the mean time, though, these residents are too proud with the "Boca Raton" address that they would never secede from the county and become their own city. And the City of Boca Raton doesn't seem content all-of-a-sudden with the idea of becoming a 300,000-resident major city.  (Apr 22, 2008 | post #50)

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Boca Raton shouldn't relish snobbery on hot dog stand -- ...

I've lived in Boca Raton for the past 17 years. I'm currently a freshman at college in Boston, and now that I've lived away from "home" long enough, I can say this: Boca Raton is a bubble separated from society. This, however, is not exactly a bad thing. It's a very pleasant place to live. The numerous amenities and quality of life associated with living there is nearly unmatched for a city in South Florida. Yes, it's true, that there are "@$$ holes" that call the place home and can make life unpleasant. Yes, there are no shortage of bourgeoisie driving their 6-figure cars, drinking high balls @ Bova, eating $60+ steaks @ NY Prime and Morton's, and buying gaudy over-priced jewelry from Cartier and Tiffany's @ Town Center. Despite the omnipresence of this wealthy class in the city, I wouldn't go as far as to say that they all satisfy the stereotype that Boca is full of rude snobs. If you take a closer look at the people that don't live in one of the 25+ golf course communities in and around Boca Raton, you'll find some very down-to-earth and friendly people. Go speak to the volunteers at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center or the city's grass-roots advocates at the Boca Raton Historical Society. I've had the pleasure of working with both places and must confess that your perception of the city may take a complete 180-turn when you understand what more there is to our community. That's what Boca Raton has--a community. Not a bunch of gated-developments that sprawl west of the turnpike and commune around a strip mall, but a real community. We have a sense of place. We have a community that prides itself on its successes and makes strides to consistently improve itself and solve its problems in an efficient manor. People will only be as nasty as you let them be. Most of the time, I've observed, critics overlook the pleasant people in their community and can dwell on the ones that bug them... that's their fault. That's the fault of Ralph de la Cruz and Wanda Johnson. So sun-sentinel readers, the choice is simple: you can either side with Chris Fillichio, the angry Boca resident "snob" that doesn't believe the hot dog stand fits community appearance protocol, -OR- you can side with the hundreds of beach-goers that call this community home and enjoy spending $2.50 for their bite on the beach. ;-)  (Apr 3, 2008 | post #23)

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

FAU fans turn city into 'N'OWLeanS' as school plays first...

I never imagined I'd say it, but way to go FAU! Haha!  (Dec 21, 2007 | post #3)

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Panther owners envision entertainment hub on site of aren...

From what I've read about Taos, the project was a wild success and they've sold most (if not all) of their units. Artesia is becoming a fine example of new-urban, mid-rise development, despite the fact it fails to integrate mixed uses in its design (i.e. shops and offices). If someone's a looking to stay at a hotel in West Broward (for whatever reason) and they likely flew into Fort Lauderdale, it's a little obvious why they wouldn't want to stay at the hotel on Sunrise and 136th--it's completely un-pedestrian friendly! Not everyone that flies to South Florida wants to drive a car places, but the reality is that the design of our sprawling suburban metropolis gives us few (if any) alternatives. Something PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND about urban development is that it's actually greener than the alternative and mainstream methods of development in SoFlo. For every acre of golf course that is watered annually, 10 families use the same amount of water. For every house that sits on .1 to .25 acres of land and waters their landscaping, they're consuming more water in 2 months than 1 family in an urban household consumes in a year. The complaint about water consumption and that we can't move on economically because there's "a drastic shortage of water" is a farce. Urban atmospheres where people live, work, and play in a close-knit walkable atmosphere keeps more cars off the road than any other form of development gone on down here. I drove to Sawgrass Mills this weekend and couldn't believe the flow of traffic; it's incredulous that people would worry an urban setting around there would actually HURT traffic! Lastly, if Broward residents are SOOO concerned about the traffic issue and would like to see more transit alternatives, then somebody please explain to me why they've turned down, on numerous occasions, a 1/2 penny tax that would fund massive transportation improvements and ease the flow of traffic. Since the county's not getting this money, they need to turn to the main source of income which they've relied on for decades: property taxes. Well... since the parking lot is technically on county land (as stated in the article), and taxes for any development there would be paid to the county, then wouldn't this mean, hypothetically, that the tax collection from such a large establishment could be put forth toward improved transportation?! (and education, and healthcare, etc.... the usuals) It bugs me how pessimistic so many South Floridians are; why is it always NIMBY with you guys all the time? And "OH, but the water shortage..." They're building freaking 50 square miles of reservoirs in the everglades to solve our water problems for at least the next 30 years!  (Dec 19, 2007 | post #45)

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Panther owners envision entertainment hub on site of aren...

Um, 1) They didn't say 2500 condos, they said 2500 residential units. And as it's defined, mixed uses can and do allow for apartment rentals. Lets face it, the only efficient way to address affordable housing in South Florida now is to build vertically, and the young professionals that need this affordable housing are likely the target candidate for the mixed-use lifestyle being promoted for western Broward. 2) I can think of at least a dozen other cities off the top of my head that are nowhere near the beach and successfully introduced entertainment complexes, cultural centers, and "new/revamped " downtowns to their cities. We can all see the effect the Hard Rock Hotel's having on South Florida, and if I'm not mistaken, that's about a good 20 minute drive from the nearest beach. Let them build vertically, finally! Urban Redevelopment is the answer and the real estate occupied by those 90 acres of parking spaces is too precious not to be developed on.  (Dec 18, 2007 | post #2)

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Florida Atlantic University has high hopes for financial ...

Good for FAU! I'm happy for their success, and as a Boca resident, I'm fully supportive of seeing a stadium built on their campus and to see local community pride in their teams on the scale of what's going on in Coral Gables & Gainesville.  (Dec 18, 2007 | post #11)

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

State asks Broward and Palm Beach counties to find common...

By the looks of it, every sun-sentinel reader thus far supports extending the road. I really don't understand what West Boca is complaining about. I'm pretty sure it's in the long-term plans to turn the intersection of 441 and Glades Road into an Urban Interchange--that' s the only real traffic dilemma I foresee if University ever connects to/becomes Glades Road. Not too long ago they widened Clint Moore from 2-lanes to 4-lanes between 441 and Jog Roads... that's like 4 miles. While the number of drivers on it has nearly doubled, the number of people using Yamato Road has significantly decreased... but at least now, there are two alternatives that only see traffic back-ups at peak hours on weekdays... and when I say back-ups, I mean waiting upto 5 minutes at the Jog Rd. lights. University Drive is direly needed for the western residents. The setbacks for most of the communities in West Boca & Parkland are far enough from the planned roadway that sound pollution would not be much more of an inconvenience... nothing some heavy landscaping and a few sound walls can't fix.  (Nov 21, 2007 | post #10)