Published On: Wed, Aug 10th, 2016

Barry’s Buzz – Aug. 10, 2016

   barry blue      Dr. Ed Moore speaks on the Impact of National Events on the Future of Florida at the next Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club, 11:30 a.m. Aug. 10 at City Fish Market, Glades and the Turnpike. RSVP at

    It will be up to Boca Raton voters to decide how city-owned land along the Intracoastal Waterway can be used, city leaders decided. In a 4-1 vote, with Scott Singer dissenting, the City Council postponed making a decision on a proposed rule that would dictate all city-owned land adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway only be used for public recreation, public boating access, public streets and city stormwater uses. Voters will vote on Nov. 8.

    More townhomes are being built in Boca Dunes Club & Country Club. Local real estate may be heading into a seller’s market. A new development has been proposed for the south side of Glades Road just east of Westwinds plaza (Home Depot). 

     It will be status quo for Boca Raton golfers for at least another month, city leaders have decided, giving city staff 30 days to qualify at least seven proposals Boca has received from developers looking to build homes on the Boca Raton Municipal Golf Course, just west of Florida’s Turnpike.

     Palm Beach County Commissioner and former Boca Raton Mayor Steven L. Abrams has been elected vice chair of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority Governing Board. 

     Late-night drivers can expect detours this week on a main road in Boca Raton. Spanish River Boulevard will be closed between Broken Sound Boulevard and Airport Road from 10 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday. Traffic will be redirected via Broken Sound Boulevard and Dixie Highway.

    A Boca Raton man has claimed a $2 million Powerball prize, the Florida Lottery announced. Raymond Maingrette, 59, matched all five of the white ball numbers, but did not match the Powerball during the July 27 drawing. His winning ticket was purchased at Publix, at 22973 State Road 7 South.

     A Boca Raton financial adviser who faked his death last year, setting off an expensive and pointless U.S. Coast Guard rescue mission, pleaded guilty on Monday to communicating a false distress message. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Richard Winsor Ohrn, 46, has agreed he owes $1 million in restitution for the cost of the search. He is under court order to sell his Estuary Drive home and reveal details of all his assets to the government before he is sentenced in October.

     Meander past the pergola, through the garden’s 97 plots, and you’ll find a 1 1/2-acre organic garden of fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants and trees in the heart of Boca Raton. The Boca Raton Community Garden has grown from 50 plots first planted in 2011 to one of the largest community gardens in the state of Florida with a compost site, a native wildflower garden and a sustainable-food-growing forest. It’s a transformed land tucked between the downtown library and train tracks, where gardeners of all levels congregate to refine their green thumbs. It’s where aromas permeate (one of the strongest being mint), and where children chase butterflies and a young professional goes on his lunch break to unwind.

     West Boca Medical Center earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines –Heart Failure Gold Plus Achievement Award.

     The fatal shooting of a West Boca substitute teacher may have stemmed from a fight four years ago, according to a Palm Beach Sheriff’s arrest report. The July 30 shooting outside O’Conner’s Pub at 9900 Sandalfoot Boulevard in West Boca, left Christo Maccius dead.

      Florence Foster Jenkins, Pete’s Dragon and Sausage Party opens at the Boca and Boynton Cinemarks. Anthropoid and Our Little Sister opens at the FAU Living Room Theatres, Anthropoid and Florence Foster Jenkins opens at the Classic Gateway. Hunt for Wilder People, Secret Life of Pets, Independence Day Resurgence and Star Trek Beyond opens at the Last Picture show.

     Summer in the City: Music and Movies Under the Stars will run through Aug. 19 at the Mizner Park Amphitheater in downtown Boca Raton. On nights with free concerts, the event will start at 7:30 p.m., Movies are set to begin at 8 p.m. Here’s a list of the free performances and movie showings: Aug. 12: Eagles tribute by The Long Run; Aug. 19: The Symphonia.

     Broadway Bound will run to August 14 at Stage Door Theatre at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate. Tickets for Broadway Bound are $38 – $42; $16 student tickets are also available. Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at

            Lucie Arnaz brings her father’s Desi Arnaz’s Cuban pedigree, and the Capitol Steps their election satire to Libby Dodson’s Live at Lynn Theatre Series starting Oct. 1. The series has seven shows performed twice through March 26, 2017 at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on the Lynn University campus, 3601 N. Military Trail. The Steps do 30 songs and skits with five people and a pianist. The Live at Lynn series will also include shows about Michael Jackson and French chanteuse Edith Piaf; Tenors Unlimited – The Rack Pack of Opera, The New Shanghai Circus and top 40 and Broadway hits by The Company of Men. Also on sale are tickets for Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Cabaret at Lincoln Center comes to Live at Lynn series starting in January with five shows in the university’s Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall through May 17. Season subscriptions, available now at 25 percent discount, and individual show tickets for Libby Dodson Live at Lynn Theatre Series are at events/ or the box office at 561-237-9000.

     The second annual Boca Raton Mayor Ball is Oct. 8 at Broken Sound Country Club, honoring Christine E. Lynn, Boca Raton Resort & Club and Boca Helping Hands with coveted George E. Long Awards. The event is co-chaired by Rotary Club of Downtown Boca Raton members Jon A. Kaye, immediate Club past president who served as the founding chair of the inaugural 2015 Mayors Ball and Club member Constance J. Scott. The 2016 Mayors Ball Honorary Chair is Former Mayor Bill T. Smith. Honorary Advisors include Mayor Susan Haynie, Former Mayors Susan Whelchel and Steven Abrams who currently serves as a Palm Beach County Commissioner; Boca Raton Deputy Mayor Michael Mullaugh and Council Members Robert Weinroth, Jeremy Rodgers and Scott Singer. For sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, visit or contact Jon A. Kaye at 561-392-5166 or Deborah Freudenberg at 561-299-1429, email

     Good Morning America news anchor Amy Robach and her husband Andrew Shue will be the keynote speakers at the 13th Annual Go Pink luncheon to benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation in the fight against breast cancer. Save the date: October 21, 2016. 

     The Fourth Annual Hope Bash Boca is 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Boca West Country Club. For sponsorship opportunities and additional event information, visit Tickets at $250 each will be available for purchase online late summer.

     Woman of the Year Luncheon is Nov. 18 at the Boca Resort & Club with fashion show by Saks Fifth Ave. Tickets and info at or 620.2553.

      The 2016/2017 Broadway series at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts include Cinderella, Cabaret, The Little Mermaid, Something Rotten!, Matilda and Finding Neverland. More info at

    The Marmot Boca Raton Bowl game will take place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 20 at the Florida Atlantic University Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ESPN. It will be the third annual bowl game for FAU.

      Sun-Sentinel, South Florida Business Journal, Palm Beach Post contributed to this column.

          Barry Epstein, APR, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton,  Email:, or fax column items to 561.451.0000.

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