Published On: Tue, Aug 2nd, 2016

Barry’s Buzz – Aug.3, 2016

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      Boca Raton Philanthropist Countess de Hoernle, who died July 22 at the age of 103,  funeral service, will be 11 a.m. Aug. 6 at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church. Family visitation is at 9:30 and mourners may stay after the service to reminisce,

       West Boca Medical Center has donated two truckloads of used medical beds, supplies and other equipment to hospitals in Zacapa Guatemala.

     Boca City Council lowered the tax rate at least 0.1%, beginning Oct. 1 and can be lowered at the 6 pm Sept 12 public hearing at City Hall.

     Boca Real Estate broker Norka Parodi has written a new book, just released on Amazon. The Art of Real Estate in the Digital Age goes into the journey from start to finish of the key players in the real estate process and delves deep into the minds of buyers, sellers, lenders and agents alike.  This is not just another ‘how to buy or sell’ your house book.  With real-life stories threaded throughout, the book takes on multiple interesting aspects across the spectrum of emotions, incorporating humor and hope.  This is a ‘feel good’ read.

     Within a month of its opening, Boca Gold, a new gentlemen’s club just west of Boca Raton, has closed its doors as of July 24 and deleted its official social media accounts and pages as well as become the focus of a county investigation. The county has received noise complaints and reports from people who were upset because Boca Gold looks like a strip club, a use prohibited for that location.

     Boca Raton voters will have the final say on two city referendum questions in the Aug. 30 primary election. Up for consideration are: Whether city council members should get raises; and whether council vacancies should be filled by special election. City council members, including the mayor, have requested their salaries be quadrupled. If residents approve the pay raise, the mayor’s annual salary would rise from $9,000 to $38,000. Each council member’s annual pay would increase from $7,200 to $28,000.

     Additional athletic fields at Countess de Hoernle and Patch Reef parks, a new field house at Sugar Sand Park and a reconstructed swim and racquet center are among the projects included in a budget being considered by the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District. Commissioners broke down their plans for allocating an expected $50.4 million during the 2016-17 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The largest expense for the district will be a roughly $26 million payment to the city of Boca Raton for operation and maintenance of Boca’s parks and city projects, according to the proposal. District commissioners also have said they plan to complete the proposed projects and make payments to the city without raising taxes.

     Boca Raton’s annexation of five subdivisions could mean a mutually beneficial result in which homeowners save and the city makes more money, city officials say. But the decision of whether to join the city ultimately would be left up to the subdivisions’ homeowners. If the five subdivisions — Le Lac, Azura, Newport Bay, Boniello Acres and Fieldbrook Estates — join Boca, it could bring in a little more than $764,000 in revenue for the city annually.

    It’s a deal that would mean selling one golf course to save another from being turned into homes. Ocean Breeze Golf Club, the only public championship course in Boca Raton, closed earlier this month and is under contract to be sold by Wells Fargo Bank to a subsidiary of homebuilding giant Lennar Corp. But with that sale still pending, Lennar on Tuesday sent a letter to Boca’s mayor with another proposal: Lennar would give the city ownership of Ocean Breeze Golf Club, in exchange for the city agreeing to sell it the Boca Raton Municipal Golf Course. Lennar is offering $37.5 million for the Municipal Golf Course, situated west of Florida’s Turnpike. The appraised value of Ocean Breeze would be subtracted from the $37.5 million, and the city would pocket any leftover money.  

      Catch Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times, which will be available for public viewing from through August 5 during the Downtown Library’s regular hours: Monday–Thursday, 9:00 am–9:00 pm, Friday–Saturday, 9:00 am–6:00 pm, and Sunday, 12:00 noon–6:00 pm.

 West Boca Leaders is the best networking group in the area. One of a kind networking group. First and Third Thursdays. Next meeting is Aug. 4, 2016, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tulipe Café, Boca Grove Shopping Center on Powerline Road between Glades and Palmetto Park Roads. $60 per quarter. Fill out form on site if you qualify and bring $60 for fourth quarter. For more information or questions, call 561.702.0000.

      Suicide Squad opens at the Boca and Boynton Cinemarks. Indignation opens at the FAU Living Room Theatres and at the Classic Gateway. Absolutely Famous and Weiner opens at the Last Picture show.

     Boca residents are invited to cheer on their first responders during the first “Battle of the Badges.” The free event presented by The Training Pit/CrossFit East Boca is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 6 in the Tilted Kilt parking lot, located at 3320 Airport Road.

      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. 5: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” showing; 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

     Peter Feaman author of “The Next Nightmare” and “Wake up America” will be the guest speaker at a meeting of the Republican Club of Century Village, Boca Raton on August 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Temple Beth Shalom in Century Village.  He will make it clear how important it is that we elect a President as Commander in Chief who understands the threat posed by radical Islam.  Ignorance is not bliss.  There is no charge for this event. Please notify either Max Deutsch,, 461-477-8244 or Mike Krakower,, 561-409-3910 as soon as possible if you intend to attend.

           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   


     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 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. 

    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, president of the, the, the and the founder and former president of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce; His motto is: Public Relations is the enemy of anonymity. Email:, or fax column items to 561.451.0000.  


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  1. Barry-

    You write that Boca Raton lowered their tax rate by at least 0.1% as of October 1. The information Boca sent to my office indicated their tax roll-back rate is 3.2355 and their proposed rate is 3.4386. That is a 6.28% above their roll-back rate. Remember the roll-back tax rate is that tax rate which, when applied against the current years taxable value, will result in the same amount of tax dollars as the city received in the prior year. Any rate above roll back will produce more tax revenue, which as we all knows is a tax increase. Your comment leaves the average reader thinking taxes are headed down in Boca because the tax rate was lowered by 0.1%.

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