The mission of BocaBeautiful.org, preserving beauty and architecture.
BocaBeautiful.org is a non-profit volunteer organization committed to preserving the beauty and the historic architectural values of our city. Since its inception in the 1920s, Boca has always been a planned community, governed by a master plan and strict building codes. Now that plan and those codes are at risk. Since 2008, your City Council has approved ordinances that have allowed builders to exceed Boca’s historic 100-foot building height limit in the “downtown” area. Our mission at BocaBeautiful.org is to inform the public and to advocate downtown development that comports with a quality of life envisioned by Boca Raton’s founder Addison Mizner and supported by our city fathers for most of the last 85 years. Boca Raton was not intended to be a “major urban hub.” If you agree, please support us in our mission to educate the public and come up with a plan that will preserve the beauty and historic values of the Boca Raton we all love.
The 2018 Mission for Bocabeautiful.org:
Infrastructure should not be an afterthought. You don’t need a degree in urban planning or a million dollar traffic study to know that the roads in our City of Boca Raton are overcrowded. Or that our parking facilities are overcrowded. Or that our schools are overcrowded, and that our hospitals are next. The urbanization of our once quiet residential village by the sea is well underway. Just look around, or try and drive around Boca. The mammoth development projects approved by our City Council in the past eight years have altered our lifestyles as much as our skyline. And if developers have their way, there is much more to come—uptown, downtown, and midtown. For the new year, our objectives are:
- Produce a comprehensive city-wide development plan for Boca Raton before approving any more major development projects.
- Find a more creative way to make developers part of the solution to our City’s problems.
- Work to elect a more resident-friendly City Council.
Our agenda is positive and ambitious and we need your financial support in order to improve the future of Boca Raton. Make your donations via credit card or checks >
The mission of Bocabeautiful.org is to inform the public and to advocate downtown development that comports with a quality of life envisioned by Boca Raton’s founder Addison Mizner.
At Bocabeautiful.org we strive to educate the public in order to preserve the beauty and the historic architectural values of Boca Raton.
What has Bocabeautiful.org accomplished?
Looking around the expanding City of Boca Raton, it is easy to conclude that the battle to save its character has been lost. But the battle is far from over, there is still time to get it right, and we have accomplished much already. We have:
- Highlighted the problems of overdevelopment
- Strengthened our media & government presence
- Helped change the political dynamic in Boca
- Helped delay the largest development project ever proposed for downtown Boca.
- Bought precious time for for those who run this City to step back and PLAN before approving massive construction projects.
5 Minutes to understand Ordinance 4035
Boca Raton’s elected and appointed officials are scrambling to explain how so many of the existing and planned buildings in Downtown Boca appear to run afoul of our City’s basic development ordinance. Perhaps it’s a scandal, but it might well be because almost nobody has paid much attention to the 65-page law which was passed over 20 years ago. So for those who haven’t the time or the inclination, here’s everything you need to know to monitor the upcoming Boca downtown development debate:
In the local newspapers
Next time you are driving, walking or jogging through “downtown” Boca, take a look. New construction is everywhere—from Camino Real to Palmetto Park Road. Not only are these new projects BIG, but most of them exceed Boca’s historic 100-foot height ordinance.