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Top 10 Invasive Species In Boca Raton | Boca Raton Nature

the top 10 invasive species in boca raton

If one were to look at a map of the planet and find the equator, they'd find the dividing line that splits not only our hemispheres, but sets the bar for wildlife diversity. It is a known fact that the further from the poles and closer to the equator we reach, the more biodiversity we experience. The frigid climes of the northern and southernmost reaches of our planet don't provided cold-blooded denizens a survivable climate, nor is it optimal for lush plant life. Biologists refer to this concept as the LDG, or Latitudinal Diversity Gradient, and it is the broadest indicator of noted biodiversity patterns on earth. As the southernmost state in the U.S. and a major attractor of foreign business, visitors, and exotic pet owners, Florida is a perfect place to harbor invasive species from Burma to Belize and almost anywhere in between. Learn about 10 of these invasive species and what you should look out for if you encounter one in the wild, or on your doorstep. 

cane toad

Cane Toad

Outside of the now-notorious Green Iguana, the Cane Toad is one of the most common invasive species in the world. The South & Central American native has long been a commonality at our doorsteps, driveways, front yards, and... everywhere else too.

Caution: Keep your pets away, as when bitten they secrete a poison that is often fatal to animals. They are not dangerous to humans....

The 5 Biggest Challenges Facing Realtors Today

the 5 biggest challenges facing realtors today

The Real Estate profession has long been erroneously maligned as a pure "dog-eat-dog" world with everyone out for themselves. While Realty does afford a greater opportunity than most professions for one to indulge in their... Machiavellian tendencies, it is the way infrastructure of the profession that opens the door for such behavior, rather than a black hole attracting bad actors and unethical professionals. We write this because we are entering an era of unprecedented cooperation, even amongst bitter rivals in premier Real Estate markets. With the abundance of data, the speed of information, and the prominence of social media, it's easy to see why so many otherwise independent Realtors have now found new ways to expand their practice and involve new methods, ideas, and key players for the benefit of all. Yet, even with this newfangled positivity, there are significant challenges our team faces that are as relevant today as ever. Without further ado, here are 5 challenges facing Realtors today!

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Realtors are expected to communicate, advocate, and fight for the best deal on behalf of their clients. It's what you do outside of these basic expectations that set you apart. It could be your origin, place...

The Best Smoothie And Juice Bars In Boca Raton | Where To Get Your Healthy Fix

the best smoothie bars in boca raton

South Florida is the natural attractant to healthy, fit people. The hot sun and year-round beach weather permit the less-than-shy to spend a remarkable amount of time in bikinis, board shorts, and workout gear. Nowhere (except maybe California) is there a greater presence of athleisure wear than in South Florida, and with its celebrity population, bustling fashion districts, and fitness subculture it's easy to see why. For those of you who struggle to eat breakfast, need a bigger boost in the morning, or simply want to enjoy the decadence of dessert without the guilt, look to the best smoothie and juice bars in Boca Raton for that healthy fix!

array of colored juices and fruits

PURLife Cafe

Purlife Cafe (formerly known as PurGreens) sits on one of the busiest corners of Mizner Park. The long-serving juice, wrap, and healthy bites cafe has been a staple of Mizner Park's bustle for more than 3 years, with its own high-end, trainer-focused gym on the premises as well. Alongside its terrific food, smoothie, and juice offerings, PurLife has hosted health-focused events and been a place for those living the lifestyle to gather.

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Boca Raton Mother's Day | Things To Do On Mother's Day

mothers day events in boca raton

Happy Mother's Day Weekend! Today, we take a moment to share some of our favorite events and local hotspots to enjoy some special downtime with mom. From natural immersion to white-glove dining, we've lined up some of the best events for all ages to celebrate the most special woman in our lives. Read on to learn more!

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Mother's Day In Mother Nature - Boca Raton

  • Where: Gumbo Limbo Nature Center - 1801 N. Ocean Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33432
  • When: Sunday, May 8th. 11 AM  - 12 PM

Celebrate Mother's Day at one of the most beautiful natural destinations in Boca Raton. The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is less than a mile from our Boca Raton Beach Office and has long served as a major source of education, enrichment, and natural connection for Boca Raton residents and visitors alike. This event will include natural crafts, a special outdoor program, and the opportunity to immerse oneself in the splendor of South Florida's beauty.

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Boca Raton Cinco De Mayo Events | Cinco De Mayo Events Near Me

cinco de mayo boca raton 2022

Feliz Cinco De Mayo! It's America's favorite internationally borrowed party holiday. Although St. Patrick's Day would take umbrage at such an assertion, our hot, humid environment and sizable Latin population make the aura of Cinco De Mayo that much more conducive to our South Florida bar & restaurant scene. With the theme set, the calendar turning and the heat on the rise, let's not waste any more time. Read on for some ideas on where to enjoy the Cinco De Mayo Parties & Events near you! 

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Cinco De Mayo at Crazy Uncle Mike's - Boca Raton

Crazy Uncle MIke's, the popular bar, music venue, and in-house brewery at the heart of Boca Raton is always an opportunity for a great time - especially on a night like Cinco De Mayo. The staff is always eager to bring the fun, with music, vibrant cocktails, and specialty menus catered to the day. The event features a free shot of tequila with admission, including margarita pitcher specials, DJs, pinatas, and a constant deluge of delicious tacos.

cinco de mayo boca raton party at the naked taco

Cinco De Mayo at the Naked Taco - Boca Raton

The Naked Taco at the popular...

Boca Raton Pet Rescue | Dog of the Month (May 2022)

boca raton pet of the month | beto

Welcome to our very first Boca Raton Pet Rescue feature! We visited the delightful Tri-County Animal Rescue, our proud partner and one of the finest nonprofits in the entire country. There we took a moment to meet Beto, a Geman Shepherd/Basset Hound Mix who is looking for the proper home to suit his needs.

Beto is a vaccinated, healthy, well-trained dog, but needs some time to get to know his new family before completely warming up. He's been known to be a bit jumpy around cats and overeager children, but with the right temperament and patience, this incredible, unique dog will bless you with the type of love only our four-legged friend will provide.

In launching our Pet Rescue section via our online blog, our goal will be to find forever homes for the dogs and cats with the greatest difficulty in being adopted. This means we will prioritize adult and senior animals, working backward from those who need the most love and exceptional circumstances. We don't want to make it seem more challenging than it has to be! With just a few moments in Beto's presence, he warmed right up to us and was an absolute joy to be with. 

Contact the Tri-County Animal Rescue to visit Beto today!


6 Ways To Separate Yourself As A Realtor | South Florida Real Estate

6 ways to stand out as a realtor

Realty can be a crowded profession! Over the years, Champagne & Parisi Agents have carved out a lasting impact in our community through every new client and transaction. We're proud of the relationships we've built and the deals we've made, so when it came time to ask some of our very best about what it took for them to stand out, we came up with this shortlist (among many traits) that have made our team so special over the years.

find your niche

Find A Niche, But Don't Stick To It

Everyone has an angle and a way to connect with clients - whether it be multilingualism, a property-type specialist, or even an age bracket you're comfortable with. Having your "wheelhouse" is intrinsic to developing repeat business. In the case of our international Realtors, their multilingual nature and familiarity with the immigrant journey have put them in pole position to help others walking in their path. Some Realtors are commercial specialists, others work on the beach, and beyond. It's important to find what you're best at, but don't live and die by your bread and butter. 

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Utilize Social Media

There are two primary ways a brokerage like Champagne & Parisi can compete with local brokerages that are five times its size: superior client service, and the embrasure of modern technology. Without the digital...

Boca Raton Easter Events | Easter Events Near Me

easter events in boca raton

The 2022nd anniversary of Easter Sunday is here! This April, enjoy the best of family fun, pastel dyes, and sweet treats that come with the celebration of this globally significant holiday. Regardless of your background, our community is open, welcoming, and always eager to share space (and sweets) with our unique community. Read on to learn where some of the best Easter Events in Boca Raton and the surrounding area can be found!

sensory friendly easter bunny boca


  • When: Sunday, April 3rd 
  • Where: Boca Raton Town Center Mall - 6000 Glades Rd. Boca Raton, FL 33431

The Boca Raton Town Center Mall in conjunction with Autism Speaks will be presenting an Easter Bunny experience for the whole family, but with special attention paid to those who may be sensitive to light and sound. This event is sure to spark the imagination and bring bundles of joy to the many children who need holiday experiences that account for their sensory concerns, and as a community, we're always proud to play host to such well-intended events for those who need our support the most.

easter at the addison

Easter Brunch at the Addison - Boca Raton...

April Events In Boca Raton | April Events Near Me

april events in boca raton

It's April! And with the first full month of "spring" we can expect heavy rain, hot sun, and lots of fun with family & friends. This month's slate of events offers dozens of exciting and unique opportunities to local residents of all ages. Come one, come all, bring the family, or bring your date. April is here, and we're ready to make it the best month yet!

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The M Comedy Open Mic 

  • Where: Eat District Healthy Asian Bowls - 1914 Northeast 5th Avenue Boca Raton, FL 33431
  • When: Saturday, April 2nd. 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The Patio at Eat District will be rocking with a comedic open mic hosted by the ladies of the M&M Comedy duo. Come by for clean, delicious pan-Asian food and stay to support your favorite local comics as they ply their trade to a friendly and receptive local audience. Say hi to the comics and enjoy a laugh with dinner!

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Dizzy's Live Magic & Mayhem

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Middle Eastern Restaurants In Boca Raton | Where To Enjoy Middle Eastern Food

the best middle eastern food in boca

Middle Eastern food may be the best represented among the many cuisines that are showcased in Boca Raton. From the Levant to Hijaz, the deft use of exotic spices, legumes, and flatbreads mark some of the many characteristics that unite Middle Eastern cuisines. Despite these similarities, each region and nation have something unique to offer. With a robust Jewish and Middle Eastern population, the best Middle Eastern food can be found around every corner. From a quick falafel pita on the go to halloumi and hummus, here are a few from the long and growing list of the best Middle Eastern Restaurants in Boca Raton. 

bowl of hummus with parsley and olive oil

Mediterranean Kebob House 

The Mediterranean Kebob house is a renowned favorite in the heart of Mizner Park off US1. Serving a primarily Turkish menu, their menu includes Greek favorites like gyros, Greek salads, and kofte. With a simple yet refined decor, excellent service, and sterling reviews, the Mediterranean Kebob House is a notable recommendation straight from many of Boca Raton's Turkish population.

middle eastern food on wood plate

Hannah's Kitchen 

Hannah's Kitchen is a versatile one-stop for all things the Mediterranean. With a fully handcrafted menu, all dishes are from scratch and made to order. Their menu covers all the bases from the Grecian Islands to the Persian Gulf, with a full bakery and dessert list. Perhaps best of all is the wallet-friendly prices, offering some of the...

Boca Raton New Construction | New 3 Building Complex Proposed Near Sanborn Square

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Sanborn Square is one of several key shopping and office areas within the broader landscape of Downtown Boca Raton. Residing just beyond Palmetto Park Road's northeast corner, the open space is one of the last untapped areas in the Mizner Park district, and a hotbed of spirited debate ahead of yet another multibuilding complex proposed in its stead. Compson Associates, the firm responsible for the 12 story Tower 155, has received stiff opposition despite the nascent stages of the discussions with the city council.

The Proposed Project in Detail: What We Know

The proposed Aletto Square would sit just southeast of Sanborn Square and will (if approved) include a 93 unit, 12 story apartment complex, a 7 story office and retail building, and an eight story automated parking garage. According to Compson Architects, the need for added luxury apartment space is omnipresent, with lessons learned from the Tower 155 project - namely, the reduction during its build from 170 planned units to 128.

In addition to the major proposals stated above, Aletto Square would feature rooftop pool and dining as part of its luxuriant allure, and satisfy what Compson believes is a major need for Class A office space as part of Boca Raton's drive to lure more high value blue ribbon companies to open branches or even headquarter in Boca Raton.

With so many fleeing lockdown conditions and perverse disincentives for businesses, Compson argues that Aletto Square would further enhance the opportunities in Boca Raton for continued economic growth - while its detractors see otherwise.

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St. Patrick's Day Events Near Boca Raton | St. Patty's Near Me

St. Patrick's Events Near Boca

It's St. Patrick's Day week! One of our favorite imported holidays is back for another round after a year orbiting the sun. Thursday, March 17th will mark the spectacular Irish holiday we all have come to love. With so many ways to celebrate the festivities, the Champagne & Parisi blog is here to show you where the locals are planning to be this weekend and through the 17th!

bagpipes at st pattys parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival - Delray Beach

  • Where: Downtown Atlantic Avenue
  • When: Saturday, March 12th, 12 PM - 4 PM

Delray Beach always seems to make the most of Atlantic Avenue's outstanding presence. The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is responsible for what Atlantic Avenue is today, and for unique festivals such as this. A family-friendly atmosphere, there will be plenty for the kids to do - crafts, snacks, community groups, live music, and more. For the parents and adults looking to enjoy St. Patrick's in its truest form, there will be plenty of beer and wine vendors, cocktails, and handheld snacks. The St. Patrick's Day Parade on Delray Beach has been running since 1968, and with 70+ floats entering, we can't wait to find our spot behind the ticker tape.

st. patricks at the dubliner

St. Patrick's Day at The Dubliner - Boca Raton

  • Where: The Dubliner -  435 Plaza...

Community Feature: Tri County Animal Rescue | Boca Raton Nonprofits

our partnership with tri county animal rescue

Champagne & Parisi is enormously proud of our growth as a brokerage. Our Realtors go above and beyond getting top dollar for you, always giving back as individuals and as a team. On the heels of our many successes, we're honored to contribute annually to several nonprofits - impacting everything from animal adoption to child safety, foster education, and aid for the elderly. Beyond our monetary partnership, we're not afraid to get our hands dirty, with many of our Realtors dedicating their free time in support of the neediest among us. With so many animal lovers and such a robust dog culture here in Boca Raton, we knew we'd have to share the love with the animals.

As an extension of our desire to further our support for our nonprofit partners, we've reached out and taken the time to learn more about the "who's and the why's - the people and motivations that power these nonprofits we've teamed up with for over a decade. Today, we're honored to feature The Tri-County Animal Rescue, the preeminent animal welfare organization in the Greater Boca Raton area. We sent our Director of Marketing to sit with the founder, Suzi Goldsmith, and members of her team. After learning more about their mission and the people who bring it to life, we're as honored as we've ever been to support this wonderful group.

The Early Days                

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March Events Near Boca Raton | Local Events Near Me

march events near boca raton

We're well into 2022, and with the month of March, we expect rising temperatures, a little rain, and the slow trickle of seasonal tourists returning home. With March, the "endless" summer that is the Florida climate truly takes root, and we're ready for it! These 5 exciting events represent a tiny smidge of all that Boca Raton and the tri-county area will offer, but we're excited to share what we know and what you can do! 

Note: We are not including St. Patrick's Day Events. Check back with our blog for a special St. Patty's event guide!

spring camp at the JCC

Spring Break Mini Camp @ the J: (Grades K-5) - Boca Raton

  • When: Monday, March 14th - Friday, March 18th 
  • Where: Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center
  • Cost: $60 per day, per camper

Over the past few years, we've seen more families choosing short Summer-style camps during lapses in school time. Spring Break is a very different puzzle for families of young children to handle. Rather than the raucous freedom of a young collegian, families living in Boca Raton with students in K-5 need a place to put their children while they work the tail end of the tourism season. For 4 days, visit the JCC and know your children will have a blast while you work, enjoying a full slate of activities such as arts & crafts, sports, games, swimming, and outdoor play.

brunch and bingo at crazy uncle mikes


Boca Raton International Market | Where To Find Global Food In Boca Raton

boca raton international markets

Boca Raton and South Florida as a whole are renowned for their intercontinental diversity. There are few places in the world where you can find such a blend of communities. From Latin America to Eastern Europe, we're blessed to live in a place that magnetizes so many global flavors, cultures, and perspectives. Thanks to the many influences we've imported over the years, Boca Raton has become a renowned market for international foods. When the endcap at Publix just won't do, and you're looking for something truly extraordinary, try these Boca Raton international markets for the best of the world abroad!

russian borscht soup

Boca Raton Russian & International Market

West Boca's Somerset Shops sits just a few blocks west of the turnpike exit on Glades Rd. Within the interior of the shop is this quaint, but well-stocked Russian and Pan-Slavic market. Enjoy the very best of Russian, Polish, Czech, Ukrainian, and even Kosher foods at this longstanding nexus of Eastern European influence. These include canned and preserved goods such as pickles, sauerkraut, and deli meats - in addition to their hot bar offering many favorites for lunch.

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Historic Places In Boca Raton | Boca Raton History

boca raton historic sites and landmarks

The United States of America is one of the youngest countries in the world, and a developed South Florida is one of its late risers. With so much of South Florida blanketed in swampland, deciduous woods, and palmetto scrub, Boca Raton's history is largely truncated to a minute quantity of time compared to other states along the eastern seaboard. With such a humid and hurricane-prone climate, South Florida didn't truly shine as a tourist hovel for decades, yet now is the brightest beacon in the United States. For those looking to move to Boca Raton, or those just visiting, here are a few of the most prominent historic landmarks in Boca!

boca raton historic city hall

Boca Raton Old City Hall

Without centuries of Medieval History, American landmarks are often either the ruins of past civilizations or the artifices of post-industrial development. Old City Hall, also known as the Town Hall was one of the first significant structures in Boca Raton. Designed by legendary town planner Addison Mizner, his flair for elegance has been preserved, as have some antiques from his collection. The building was commissioned in 1926, and once housed Boca Raton's first police station, fire department, and library. Today, the fire engine bay is a gift shop, and the building has been converted to the Boca Raton Welcome Center and Boca Raton History Museum. In 1980, the Old City Hall was officially added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

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Boca Raton Valentine's Day For Singles | Best Places To Go And What To Do

boca raton valentines for singles

Valentine's Day can be a... polarizing holiday. We're all searching for love, and the feeling we get when we're around the people we love. For whatever reason it may be, not all of us are happily married and planning our Boca Raton catamaran cruise for couples. Valentine's Day doesn't have to be exclusionary! For the single people out there (like your humble blog author), there's plenty to do and places to be in Boca Raton and beyond! Here are some of the choices for Valentine's Day singles events in Boca Raton and near you!

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2nd Annual Single or Taken Crawl - West Palm Beach

  • When: Saturday, Feb. 12th - Sunday, Feb. 13th, 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM
  • Where: Myers Lounge - 392B Clematis St. West Palm Beach, FL 33401
  • Cost: $15

Perhaps the most purposefully raucous of our Valentine's Day singles events near Boca Raton, there's always something to do and ways to turn up on Clematis St. Starting at the Myers Lounge, at the epicenter of Downtown West Palm Beach, this bar crawl will build upon the standard set in its inaugural year, and surely be an adventure for those looking to spice up the night.

speed dating at the easton rooftop

Speed Dating at the Easton Rooftop Pool & Lounge - Ft. Lauderdale

  • When: February 9th, 6:30 PM (ages 25-39)
  • Where: The Easton Rooftop Pool - 721 N. Federal Hwy, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • Cost: $15

The Easton Rooftop Pool & Lounge is the...

Valentine's Day In Boca Raton | Valentine's Day Events Near Me

valentines day events in boca raton

Boca Raton is truly one of the most amorous places in america - where Tuscan-inspired architecture meets Parisian flair, all under the golden South Florida sun. For the many couples young and old that call Boca Raton their home, and for those still visiting during this busy tourist season, here are some of the best valentine's day events in Boca Raton!

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Valentine's Day Champagne Food, Paint & Fun - Deerfield Beach

  • Where: Painting with a Twist - 1185 S. Federal Hwy. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
  • When: February 13th 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Cost: $50 per person 

We're always happy to feature Painting With A Twist, the forerunner and standard bearer for the tipsy painting industry. Following this model, we now see several unrelated industries (such as the Tipsy Salon Bar) offering a glass of wine with your desired activity. We've seen it in countless romantic comedies, and even though its cliche, there's a reason our palates (and palettes) are so delightfully intertwined. 

valentines day sunset cruise

Valentine's Sunset Sail Catamaran Cruise - Boca Raton

  • Where: The Waterstone Resort - 999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432
  • When: Monday, February 14th 12 PM - 2 PM
  • Cost: $99 (adult) $65 (child)...

2022 Boca Raton Super Bowl Parties | Where To Watch The Super Bowl Near Me

Super Bowl Parties near me

The SUPER BOWL is back! And while the usual favorite teams of Boca Raton visitors and residents - the Dolphins, Jets, Giants, and beyond are nowhere near Super Bowl contention, we're all pumped to enjoy the great American spectacle regardless. On Sunday, February 13th the Cincinatti Bengals and Los Angeles Rams take the field amidst a nationwide sigh of relief that Tom Brady isn't participating this year. For the best Super Bowl parties, events, and places to watch, read below. Enjoy the game, and may the best team win!

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Super Bowl Watch Party at Galuppi's - Pompano Beach

  • 1103 N. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, FL 33062
  • Event Begins @ 5:30 PM
  • Cover Charge: $34.95

Just to the south in northern Broward County lies Pompano Beach, a city we do plenty of work in, especially with so much New Construction happening in the newly revamped beachfront. The cover charge gets you entry to this otherwise casual yet eclectic American-fare restaurant, remodeled and revamped for the Super Bowl. Galuppi's will feature an endless buffet of game day bites, desserts, and light entrees, a massive jumbotron, raffles, and so much more. Just a quick jaunt from Boca Raton. A visit to Galuppi's might be well worth your Sunday!

super bowl party at renegades west palm beach


1,900 New Homes Planned In West Boca | Boca Raton Real Estate

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In the midst of a red hot housing market and critically low home inventory, area developers are seeking to accommodate the influx of people moving to Boca Raton. Florida has always been a premier destination for retirees and semi-permanent vacationers, but in light of the recent global events, Florida has become more than a place to lay back between the swaying palms and avert the state income tax. 

As a response to the overwhelming quantity of new residents moving to Boca Raton, the vast swathes of open farmland strewn across the westernmost reaches of Boca Raton are rife for the picking.

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Map View of the West Boca Corridor - North of Clint Moore Rd. and West of 441

From Farmland to Housing

With the value of land skyrocketing and the demand for space at an all time high, GL Homes has taken up the mantle as the first to land their bid, developing land north of Clint Moore Rd. and west of State Road 7 (US 441). GL Homes is noted for its luxury developments, such as the ultramodern and sleek Lotus, The Bridges and the noted 55+ active adult Valencia Communities. 

The initial plan is for 1,250 homes. 1,000 will be dedicated single family housing, while another 250 will be utilized for the workforce. In addition, GL plans to add 679 new homes on Glades Rd. Between State Road 7 and Glades Rd. According to VP of Develoment Kevin Ratterree, these homes will be built upon 300 acres of recently acquired farmland purchased by the prominent local developer. zuptown boca pre construction rendering...