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Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better. – Sydney J. Harris
Protecting the heritage of Boca Raton is an essential part of maintaining our unique sense of identity and differentiation, and ultimately our sense of who we are. Many factors combine to create a community’s distinct uniqueness including a special blend of geography, architecture and history.
Weak local government in apparent collusion with real estate developers are combining to put tremendous pressure on our brand and infrastructure. Boca Raton is under assault and that assault is evident in creeping homogenization, increasing congestion, reduced quality of life and growing animosity between residents and those who hold political and economic power.
Adhering to smart growth principles should be central to the platform of any politician running for office in our March elections. Growth cannot, must not and should not come at the cost of erasing our unique historical signature.
Boca Raton City Council members are stewards of a remarkable resource. It is your duty to be custodians of our past legacy as well as creators of the heritage of tomorrow.
I urge you to commit to building on that heritage, while working in collaboration with residents, developers and our business community. Thank you.