Published On: Fri, Jul 6th, 2018

Boca Beat: 7/6

• The popular Boca Raton Tribune Candidate Forum is nearly sold out for both dates. The event, which will take place on August 17 and 24 at the Boca Raton Community Center this year as the city gets ready for the special election on August 28, will feature all candidates running for the City Council Seat A, and Mayoral Seat. Candidates will have an equal opportunity to give Boca Raton residentsa their best reason as to why they should win their vote for the special election. Like years past, the forum will be broken up into two days. The Seat A candidate forum is scheduled for August 17, and the Mayoral forum is set for August 24. Both forums will take place at the Boca Raton Community Center, located at 150 Crawford Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432. To get your tickets, please visit

•The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority announced the location for Boca Raton’s second Tri-Rail station, which will be on Military Trail and Northwest 19th Street, the previous site of King’s Gourmet Deli. Boca Raton currently has one Tri-Rail station at Yamato Road, which happens to be the system’s busiest station with well over one thousand riders per day. It is located just north of the proposed new station.

• The Latin American Training Center and the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies of Florida Atlantic University are pleased to announce the winners of the Brazil-Florida Student Screenplay Treatment Competition 2018. Focused on cross-border and immigration themes, the competition aimed to encourage co-productions of feature films (fiction or documentaries) between Florida and Brazil, to promote location shooting in both regions, as well as to help new writers find success in today’s highly competitive film and entertainment industries.

• The Willow Creek Association is prepared to host their 24th annual Global Leadership Summit, which will begin on August 9 and be simulcast live in Boca Raton. Boca will be one of the 600 sites across the country to take part in the two-day summit, which will provide leadership training from 14 diverse members of the 2018 faculty. WCA believes that Christians who are equipped with leadership abilities are able to transform their communities and they hand pick each member based on their innovative approaches, expertise and overall success.

• Chrissy Gibson, communications and marketing manager for the City of Boca Raton, was recently selected to serve on the Florida Municipal Communicators Association (FMCA) founding Board of Directors.

• Boca Raton Regional Hospital today announced the appointment of John Roberts, MD, MBA, to the medical staff of the Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute and BocaCare® Physician Network at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Dr. Roberts is a board-certified thoracic surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive thoracic surgery, including thoracoscopy, robotic surgery and other surgical treatments of lung and esophageal cancers.

• The City of Boca Raton Office of Economic Development continued it’s 2018 “Your Success is Our Success Tour” with a visit to The Nature’s Bounty manufacturing facility. The “Success Tour” has been established to congratulate and recognize Boca based companies for their economic and community contributions to the City of Boca Raton.

• The School District of Palm Beach County is an A-rated district, and has the highest number of District-operated “A” schools when compared with other large urban school districts. According to preliminary school grades released Wednesday by the Florida Department of Education, the District ranks highest in Florida on total number of points earned when compared with other large urban districts. The District also was highest among its peer districts in math achievement, science achievement, math learning gains for all students, and high school graduation rate.

• Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science has been awarded a $1.25 million grant by the United States Office of Naval Research (ONR) to undertake research in support of autonomous unmanned marine vehicle platforms for coastal surveillance, coastal surveys, target tracking and protection of at-sea assets. The five-year project will entail developing unmanned surface vehicles that serve as “motherships” for unmanned underwater vehicles and aerial drones, thereby enabling multi-vehicle, multi-domain capability that may serve as a mobile coastal monitoring system, as well as training and education of graduate and undergraduate students in ocean engineering.

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