Friday, October 28, 2016

What's in your Ballot?

What's in your Ballot?

As the November election approaches, it is appropriate to focus on the local candidates, state amendments and local questions. Our Polling Place is at the Marine Safety Headquarters 3939 N Ocean Blvd. (just south of Spanish River Blvd on the west side)

The Boca Raton Beach and Park District is of great concern to the residents of Boca Towers.
This entity is composed of 5 commissioners. This year we are voting for 2 seats. These are seats 1 and 3. Seat 5 is unopposed and Steve Engel(incumbent)will maintain that seat. Each seat is held for 4 years. The odd numbered seats will start on January 1, 2017. The entire Beach and Park District encompasses both the city of Boca Raton and the unincorporated areas to the West. Each Commissioner is entitled to vote on every question put before the District. The candidates for District 1 are Dennis R. Frisch(incumbent) and Craig F. Ehrnst. The candidates for district 3 are Earl Starkoff(incumbent) and Erin A. Wright. Please "google" each candidate to see their views and ideas. You may be interested in what each candidate says about the Wildflower site, Lake Wyman or the relocation of the Municipal Golf Course. Keep in mind that Ocean Strand may reappear. Ocean Strand is the property on the North side of Boca Towers. Several years ago, there was interest in developing this property for commercial purposes. The public,especially the Boca Towers Community, opposed the development and the idea of commercial development faded. Dr. Frisch and Earl Starkoff have pledged to vote against any future push for commercial development.

Since we have your attention, we will mention the local Question on the Ballot. It appears at the bottom but is most important to the Boca Towers Community. The Ballot refers to this question as the Boca Raton Initiative Question and the creation of Section 28-1308. The City already controls the decision making process on the use of public property on the Barrier Island. In summary, this public property may be used for recreational purposes only. This does not exclude concessions. The concessions must fit into the recreation plan. Think of the gift shop at Gumbo Limbo or the hot dog vendor at the Pavilion at the intersection of A1A and Palmetto. 

A "yes" to this question would broaden the authority of the Public to include city property on the West Side of the Intracoastal. These properties would remain in the public domain. Please think of the Wildflower and Lake Wyman properties. A "yes" vote would not allow a large "brick and mortar" eatery on the Wildflower property and might stop any move to relocate the docks.

Returning to the order on the Ballot, we have the State Constitutional Amendments. There are 4 Amendments but they are numbered 1-3 and 5.

#1-The Right of Electricity Consumers regarding Solar Energy Choice-In summary, you may choose solar energy but other energy consumers will not be taxed to pay for your choice. Another way of saying this is - If you do not choose Solar than you will not subsidize those who do. This is a yes or no vote. A no vote will support the use of solar energy power since the cost will be spread over the public base.. A yes vote will make the selection of solar energy very costly to those who choose it since they will carry the burden. The public utilities favor a yes vote. Please think carefully about this one..

#2-Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions-as prescribed by FLORIDA licensed Physicians. This allows caregivers to assist patients and for growers to be licensed. This applies to Florida law only. All activity will be subject to fees and taxes.

#3-Allows Tax Exemptions for Totally and Permanently Disabled First Responders-These individuals will be relieved from ad valorem taxes on homestead property.

#5-Allow Tax Exemptions for certain Seniors, Low Income, and Long-Term Residents. These exemptions will be based on the determination of Just Value. This value will be determined the FIRST YEAR the owner applies and is retroactive.

Last on the Ballot are the questions. we think these are the most important and more difficult to understand. The city wide question was previously discussed. The Countywide Question refers to the imposing of a ONE-CENT sales surtax. Please do not be misled. The current sales ta would be increased by 17%. The revenue would go towards education and infrastructure. The 
wording of this question may be misleading. Please understand that 50% of the increase will go to education 30% to county-wide infrastructure and 20% to cities. Boca Raton would receive very little from this tax since the poorer cities are first in line and the county labels Boca Raton as the "richest city" in the county.

We have attempted to present your choices in an unbiased fashion. We do have opinions but we do not want to influence yours. We hope our explanations will help.

Kay Winakor
Joe Pedalino

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016



There were two fires burning this morning on Lake Wyman.  A Boca Raton Fire Boat and Boca Raton Police Boat responded..

There was also smoke coming from the woods last night...

To be politically correct, I dare not speak of the cause...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Once restored, Lake Wyman Park in Boca Raton will be a 'very, very popular 
destination,' Boca Raton mayor says

New boat ramps, restored canoe trails part of Boca Raton parks' revival

Boca Raton plans to add two boat ramps, a kayak launch site, a restroom and 38 parking spots to Lake Wyman and James A. Rutherford parks.       (City of Boca Raton/Courtesy)

The new plan put forth Tuesday excludes those elements. The city is instead investigating a coastal hammock with walking trails and picnic tables at Lake Wyman Park.

Visitors to two Boca Raton parks should expect to enjoy two new boat ramps, repaired boardwalks and restored canoe trails in the coming years, city officials decided Tuesday.

City Council members are putting into action a three-year plan to revitalize Lake Wyman Park, located at 1500 NE Fifth Ave., and the adjacent James A. Rutherford Park.

Canoe trails that run through the parks have been closed for more than a decade and the parks' boardwalks have been cordoned off over time as the pathway deteriorates. The plan calls for reviving those amenities as well as adding two boat ramps (accommodating two boats each), at least one kayak launch site, a restroom and 38 parking spots.

The boat ramps and parking area will take up about 2.4 acres toward the middle of Rutherford Park and cost about $1.5 million. It means replacing about .09 acres of seagrass and .31 acres of mangroves, the city's coastal program manager Jennifer Bistyga said.

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The city expects the state to cover about 50 percent of the cost of the boat ramps. By using state money to build the ramps, the city agrees the ramps will be open not just to Boca residents, but also to everyone from the public, Bistyga said.

The additional ramps will relieve the high demand on the city's sole boat ramp, which is 1.5 miles south of Lake Wyman Park at Silver Palm Park along the Intracoastal Waterway.

To centralize the boat ramps at Rutherford Park and still preserve the continuity of the canoe trails, the city plans to build a two-way bridge big enough to fit vehicles with boat trailers and a sidewalk. Adding the bridge will cost close to $1 million, she said.

Five years ago neighboring residents shot down plans to revive Lake Wyman Park. The plan broached in 2011 called for a seagrass habitat for manatees and floating day docks. Nearby residents complained the changes would attract more mosquitoes and the day docks would mean less privacy for their homes.

Council members say they believe the new approach will please the public.

"We've eliminated what seemed to be the biggest cause for concern five years ago," Councilman Scott Singer said., 561-243-6531, Twitter @EmilyBethMiller or visit our 'Sun Sentinel: Boca Raton' community page at

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lake Wyman vs THe City of Boca

Boca Raton / Lake Wyman

**Note - I am not an authority on this - my timelines and facts could be a little off...
However - I stand behind the meaning and the trajectory of this writing.
I do not have the time to take all day to "proof read", so please forgive my grammatical errors..


2011 - Lake Wyman
Study was done at lake Wyman -
Study outlined environmentally sound and protective plan that included renovation of the lake and the canoeing areas.
This study confirmed the environmental concerns including several "protected" species of seagrass, Manatee habitat and a very environmentally sensitive area.

2015 - Lake Wyman
The city - has another presentation on Lake Wyman -
The study - had very similar results, however, with pressure from the city, it included a "day dock" - "NOT  A BOAT RAMP / LAUNCH" - the city specifically Scott Singer, brought up the subject of a "Boat Ramp / Launch" - I personally and publicly objected to this idea.

2016 - Lake Wyman
The city has another presentation on Lake Wyman -
The presentation - IS 100% INCLUSIVE OF A BOAT RAMP AND LAUNCH -

Do you want a boat ramp / launch at Lake Wyman?  The current ramp is downtown, surrounded by "sea wall" - North of the ramp is sea wall and south of the ramp is Lake Boca - "Surrounded by sea wall"  - Now let's look at Lake Wyman - 5% sea wall - 95% mangroves -  trash bounces off sea wall - trash is absorbed by the mangroves...  Lake Boca has no beach, Manatees, seagrass or other protected species...  Lake Wyman has a beach, Manatees, mangroves, seagrass, and several other protected species...

Ocean Strand - Key Point -  One of the key reasons we had a successful outcome was due to the fact that the Park District was one our side -  AT LAKE WYMAN THIS IS NOT THE CASE - I SPOKE TO EARL STARKOFF, A PARK DISTRICT DIRECTOR, AND HE TOLD ME ABOUT THIS IDEA LAST MONTH -

It was at that time I publicly predicted the city would force a boat ramp / launch at Lake Wyman.

Is there a point to fight this?  It appears there is no end to this cities leadership's power grabbing, money and destruction of our paradise...

When does this aggressive overreach stop? What is the goal of this leadership?

Answer - To make Boca Raton what they think Boca should be -  Not what the people want...

I cannot understand how these people can get elected or better yet re-elected.



Friday, October 7, 2016

Hurricane Matthew - Not to much damage to areas - Lot's of clean up required...

- Hurricane Matthew - 

No damage to Boca Towers!!
Limited damage to surrounding areas...
Boca Raton dodged another bullet!
Our beaches have been "trashed" - Literally!
Lot's of clean up required...

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


It is hard to believe a storm is coming?
These photos were taken this morning 10/5/2016
So far....  A beautiful day here in Boca Raton!

Let's hope the beaches do not get destroyed by this storm...

Monday, October 3, 2016

Lake Wyman Restoration Project -

For those of you that have never seen the Study done on Lake Wyman..  This was done in 2011 and received a great deal of support - but never moved forward - This is an excellent solution for Lake Wyman 

Federation of Boca Raton Homeowner Associations - MEETING IMPORTANT

The Federation of Boca Raton 
Homeowner Associations
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 8:30 am
Boca Raton Community Center
150 Crawford Boulevard
Should City-owned land usage be restricted?

Hear both sides before voting!


City-owned land adjacent to the IntraCoastal Waterway.  Should it be restricted to only:
  1. public recreation
  2. public boating access
  3. public streets
  4. stormwater uses

Guest speakers include representatives from both sides of this issue.  

Community Spotligh

Helping to Build a Better Boca....for 50 years!

For more information about the Federation, please visit our website
Boca Raton Federation of HOAs, P.O. Box 1855, Boca Raton, FL 33429-1855