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The Wildflower Property…
It’s a hot topic!
It’s a park!
It’s a restaurant!
Or…It’s the Third Option…Yes, WE CAN HAVE IT ALL!
Imagine a civic space with wonderful interactive amenities on the waterfront, adjacent to our downtown. Come by boat, kayak or water taxi from Red Reef, Spanish River or one of the other waterfront spaces along the intracoastal…meander around the downtown public space paths, grab a snack at the food concession, check out the creative experiences. Walk to Palmetto Park Rd or jump on the Downtowner to spend some time at the beach or head to Royal Palm or Mizner Park for a visit to stores and restaurants.
As cities are getting built out, the trend throughout the country is to protect our public lands. That doesn’t mean we can’t do something special on the Wildflower property, something that includes ALL people. We can create a meaningful, memorable public experience. A place to remember! Bring your kids or bring your grandma. Hang out with your friends.
It will be a boost to our downtown and city economic development while leaving a legacy for generations to come…
Take 15 minutes to watch this video presented by three local residents (architects Margaret Fitzsimons and Jose Barrera along with community volunteer Andrea O’Rourke) about PlaceMaking and the potential of future possibilities on the land you own. Just Imagine the ideas we can come up with!
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I liked that presentation but wished it could be visible or posted as a Powerpoint. Gotta love the blue lights under the bridge!
This all could be done along with a Hillstone restaurant especially if the property to the north could be acquired.
We could acquire all the useful land in Boca Raton, with taxpayer dollars, place a restaurant on each one, and then put a few amenities on them to keep the rabble from rousing. But the bottom line is that the city has no business being in the commercial real estate business. Witness the fiasco at Bahia Mar in Ft. Lauderdale, for example. And the Mizner Park project is a great destination, but a financial disaster for those of us who actually live here and have to pay for these dubious endeavors. This property was for sale to all comers for a long time – why didn’t a real business person buy it? Because it made no financial sense! So since this is definitely going to be an expense, let’s make it useful for everyone, not a business subsidized by me and you. BTW Glenn: Where exactly do you live? You always give your business address, but never your home address, when you speak to council. Are you actually a resident of this town?