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BocaWatch provides an analysis of incumbent candidate voting records before each local election. In this case, the coming election is August 28, 2018 and the incumbent candidate is Acting Mayor Scott Singer. Voting records can be used for fact checking campaign promises as well as an indicator of future voting tendencies.
The voting information summarized in this article was obtained from the Boca Raton City Clerk for the meetings where votes are taken.
Following is a summary of Scott Singer’s voting record from April 8, 2014 until May 8, 2018.
|Year||Meetings||YES Votes||NO Votes|
The way to interpret this is that he attended 90 meetings where votes were taken. During these meetings he voted YES 794 times and NO 13 times.
Following are details on the 13 NO votes cast by Scott Singer during his four years on Boca Raton City Council.
|Date Adopted||Ord No||Modifications||Res No||Topic|
|24/11/2015||5327||Text amendment – Creating PM-0.40 Zoning District (AM14-06)|
|24/11/2015||148-2015||University Village – Master Plan|
|26/01/2016||5340||Charter Amendment – Sec 3.04 – Council salary increase|
|24/05/2016||5345||Bldg Height Limitations East of Palmetto Park Bridge – Moratorium on Ordinance|
|14/06/2016||5352||Council salaries increase – Repealing Ord 5340 amending Charter 3.04|
|26/06/2016||5353||Future Land Use Map Amendment – Wildflower property|
|26/06/2016||5354||Rezoning of Wildflower property – Northern portion (ZC-14-01)|
|8/9/2016*||5356||Indefinite Postponement of ICW Land Preservation Ordinance|
|26/09/2016||As Amended||103-2016||Amended & Restated User Fee Schedule|
|13/12/2016||151-2016||Increase Retail Sign Display Density|
|12/12/2017||177-2017||Sponsorship Agreement – BR Championship Golf Tournament|
|27/03/2018||035-2018||Fowler Variance Appeal (BBAA-17-92600001)|
|* Ordinance 5356 was not adopted; thus sending the issue to a referendum vote on November 8, 2016|
Some development-related NO votes in the above list include the University Village mixed-use development that is approved for 849 residences and a 185-room hotel. Scott Singer also supported preserving the ICW waterfront for recreation purposes.
The details of the ordinances and resolutions that are listed in the above NO Vote table can be found by entering the ordinance or resolution numbers into the boxes of the form in the following link. https://forms.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/…
Following are details on the YES votes for development projects cast by Scott Singer during his four years on Boca Raton City Council.
|Vote Date||Dwelling Units*||Development Name|
|6/10/2014||370||900 Broken Sound|
|9/9/2014||75||Spanish River Highlands|
|1/27/2015||282||6700 North Congress|
|8/10/2015||25||327 Royal Palm|
|10/27/2015||8||Pine Circle Villas|
|12/7/2015||104||Via Mizner + 164 Rm Hotel|
|12/8/2015||1||2500 N. Ocean Blvd.|
|11/22/2016||180||5500 Broken Sound|
|8/21/2017||193||375 Royal Palm|
|10/24/2017||70||1 S. Ocean|
|2/26/2018||48||475 Royal Palm|
|*Approved by Scott Singer|
During his four years on the City Council, Scott Singer approved 3,079 high density residential units. Most of these units are not developed and on-line yet. When the proposed University Village dwelling unit density is added to the above approved developments, over 4,100 additional dwelling units are scheduled to be built over the next several years. These units will add to school overcrowding, traffic and downtown parking problems. This is totally inconsistent with the City Council’s low-density planning directive.
The above voting record analysis can be used as a data point for evaluating candidate Scott Singer against other candidates competing for the position of Mayor of Boca. Bocawatch will be publishing additional candidate information, such as campaign contribution sources, that can also be used for evaluation purposes.