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February 22, 2017
Growing pains: With development has come protest

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A proposed 384-condo project was the "straw that broke the camel's bac," says John Gorce, president, BocaBeautiful.

Southeast Florida Roundup

Growing pains: With development has come protest

Mike Vogel | 12/28/2016

For a sign of the growth downtown Boca Raton has seen, look to the rise of local opposition. In November, Boca voters overwhelmingly approved a vapidly worded referendum to keep city waterfront property on the Intracoastal for public use such as recreation. The unacknowledged impetus for the referendum was a 2.2-acre nightclub parcel the city acquired in 2009 for $7.5 million and envisioned leasing to a restaurant group to bring waterfront dining to a city oddly short on it.

Plans for the site became a touchstone for groups that think downtown Boca has become too developed and too congested.

ALSO IN THIS ARTICLE: Kelley Castell; Scott Woolley; Stefan Joyal; Washé; Dr. Charles H. Hennekens; Silver Airways; Galleria mall; Orchard Supply Hardware; Calypso Energy coal plant; B/E Aerospace.

 

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