Author: Melissa Dawson
BOCA RATON – The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District removed the “Interim” tag from Briann Harms' job title, officially promoting her to Executive Director.
“Briann's dedication to the Boca Raton community and her effectiveness as the interim made this an easy decision for us,” Commission Chairperson Susan Vogelgesang said. “She stepped into the Executive Director position and met or exceeded all expectations, proving to be a tremendous asset for the Boca Raton community.”
Harms quickly proved herself as an effective leader during a results-filled nine months as the District's interim director.
During her tenure as interim, which began in January, the District resurfaced the tennis courts and playground at Patch Reef Park and recently finished installing three environmentally friendly artificial turf fields there. The District also renovated the batting cages and added shade structures at Sugar Sand Park, and completed Swim and Racquet Center construction, giving the District a new home for its offices and meetings.
Harms led the effort to improve...
On Saturday, October 5, 2019, join the City of Boca Raton’s Recreation Services Department for the First Annual BarkFest! at Mizner Bark Dog Park! This FREE pet- & family-friendly event will feature food vendors for pets & their human companions, a mobile grooming station, canine performers, pet adoptions, a DJ, as well as a pet costume contest which is certain to be the highlight of the day!
The costume contest will begin at 12pm with FREE registration from 10am to 11:45am (limited slots available). Pets and their pet parents are welcome to dress in their favorite costumes for the chance to compete for some amazing prizes in the following categories: “Most Creative,” “Funniest,” “#Twinning-Match Your Pup,” “Spookiest,” “Best Homemade,” “Cutest,”, and the Grand Prize, “Best in Show”!
BarkFest! will take place from 10am-2pm at Mizner Bark Dog Park located at 751 Banyan Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33431. ***PLEASE NOTE: Dogs must be leashed (6ft maximum leash) on the festival grounds...
Author: Melissa Dawson
BOCA RATON – Todd Deering heard plenty of positives about the new artificial turf fields being installed at Boca Raton's Patch Reef Park.
On Saturday Sept. 7, when the Boca Raton Braves played on those fields for the first time, he found that the new surface exceeded the hype...
“This is incredible. This is awesome,” said Deering, President of the Braves youth football organization. “The kids actually came out for the first time on it today, loved it. Loved the feel of it. It's basically like real grass, too. Safety wise the kids are loving it. We love it.”
When complete, the $4 million Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District project that began in March will create three new turf fields for community use in place of what previously were natural turf fields.
The new turf fields require less maintenance, affording more time for play. And the new drainage system underneath the fields eliminates the need to cancel games because of soggy fields.
Two of the multi-purpose fields are already complete, with the third scheduled to open by the end of the month. Fields will have permanent lines for football, lacrosse and soccer, but can be used for most any sport that requires...
Come join the end-of-summer celebration at Boca’s annual "Wine & All That Jazz!" party on Saturday, August 24, 2019! Presented by the Boca Chamber of Commerce and JM Lexus, this exclusive event will take place at the luxurious Boca Raton Resort & Club, bringing together the “who’s who” of the Boca Chamber & the local community.
Featuring more than 100 varieties of wine, spirits, and beer, as well as dinner entrees by the bite, guests will have the opportunity to indulge in an array of adult beverages and culinary delights from over 15 of Boca’s top restaurants. The event will feature a live band performing smooth jazz in the main event room, which will later transform into a dance party when they turn up the volume with top hit music from yesterday and today. "Wine & All That Jazz!" will also feature an exciting raffle with a host of amazing prizes including wine baskets, spa packages, concert tickets, & more! VIP passes are available for those seeking the red carpet treatment, granting access to an ultra-exclusive, private VIP lounge offering gourmet cuisine, fine wine, and live entertainment by DJ Chris Prime.
Development of Hillsboro El Rio Park Phase II in southeast Boca Raton is now underway with an expected opening at the end of 2019. This 14-acre, city-owned parcel of land located on the south side of SW 18th Street between Dixie Hwy & the El Rio Canal, will be the site of the City of Boca Raton’s newest waterfront park. Phase I of the Hillsboro El Rio Park, which is located on the north side of SW 18th Street, has been open to the public since 2002.
Though plans for completing phase II of the Hillsboro El Rio Park have been in the works for several years, a renewed commitment to the development of the City’s waterfront park sites has now taken priority. After receiving input from nearby Boca Raton residents and the Parks and Recreation Board, a new and improved site plan was created for phase II which is estimated to cost approximately $7.8 million. By the end of 2019, the new Hillsboro El Rio Park Phase II will be open to the public from dawn till dusk, offering the following amenities:
- Walking/Jogging Paths
- Fitness Station
- Children's Playground
- Four Pickleball Courts
- Two Tennis Courts
- Basketball Court
- Sand Volleyball Court
- Picnic Pavilions
- Canoe/Kayak Soft Launch Area
- Public Restrooms & Parking
For the latest updates & additional info about Phase II of the Hillsboro El Rio Park please visit the ...
We are pleased to announce that the Summer in the City Series will be returning to Downtown Boca Raton for a sensational 2019 season! Sponsored by the City of Boca Raton, the Summer in the City Series will feature an exciting lineup of eight FREE concerts & events which will be held between June 7th and August 9th at Mizner Park Amphitheater. The 2019 schedule is packed with fantastic, family-friendly events, including live musical tribute concerts, yoga, art, games, and even an outdoor viewing of the 2018 award-winning film “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
This year's Summer in the City Series will kick off on Friday, June 7, 2019, with a thrilling Battle of the Bands concert! This competitive event will showcase the musical talent of eight carefully selected local bands, each battling it out for the coveted title of "Best Band." The competition will be broken into two categories, with three finalists competing in the Teen category and five finalists in the ages 20+ category. The winners in each age group will not only win bragging rights amongst their fellow musicians, but each winning band will also receive a $1,500 cash grand prize! Battle of the Bands judges will include select officials from the City of Boca Raton as well as representatives from AEG and Live Nation. What better way to kick of the 2019 Summer in the City Series than featuring some of the top musical talent that exists right here in Boca Raton? Be sure to come out and show your support!
The complete lineup of events for...
Check out the Palm Beach County Local Real Estate Market Update for November 2018. The following market update summary is based on newly released statistics reported by the Florida Realtors®, with a year-over-year snapshot comparison of 2017 & 2018 market data for the month of November.
The November 2018 market stats from the Florida Realtors® reveal that 54 less single-family homes have sold in Palm Beach County in November 2018 as compared to November 2017, representing a 4.3% year-to-year decrease in total closed home sales. On the contrary, condo & townhome sales in Palm Beach County show an increase of 6.1%, with a total of 58 more condo/townhome sales in November 2018 compared to this time last year.
MEDIAN SALES PRICE
November 2018 market stats show that the median sales price for single-family homes in Palm Beach County was $348,000, a 5.5% increase over the $330,000 median home sales prices in November 2017. The median sales price of condos & townhomes in Palm Beach County for November 2018 was $176,750, an increase of 2.8% from the median condo/townhome sales price of just $172,000 in November...