Published On: Wed, Sep 11th, 2019

Boca’s Bernard Korn is Seeking Two Political Offices in 2020

Dale King

Boca Raton, FL – It’s almost time for the local political scene to start percolating. And Mayor Scott Singer has indicated he’s ready to throw out the first pitch.

Saying he’s “proud of the results we’ve achieved together,” the mayor recently sent an email to constituents announcing he’ll begin his campaign for re-election with a reception Thursday, Sept. 26 at Loch Bar in Mizner Park.

As it turns out, Singer is not the first Boca Raton resident to toss his name into the political arena. Bernard Korn, who has become something of a habitual office seeker, has already trekked to City Hall to record his name in the office of City Clerk Susan Saxton.

In fact, Korn is hedging his bet. Not only has he listed himself as a candidate for mayor of Boca Raton, but also for president of the United States. His candidacy for the Oval Office in Washington was a promise he made last year when he, along with Singer and Al Zucaro, were running for mayor in a special Aug. 28, 2018 election

Actually, the results of a pending court situation could add another candidate into the mayoral race. On the sidelines is Susan Haynie, former incumbent mayor who was suspended a while back by then-Gov. Rick Scott when she was arrested on charges of alleged legal misconduct in office.  She is currently awaiting trial.

If she is acquitted of charges, she is eligible to finish her term in office which expires in March of 2020.

Her removal from the mayor’s chair moved Singer from a seat on the City Council to the job of interim chief executive. He solidified his position in the August 2018 balloting and will seek his full term as mayor in March 2020.

Also waiting to see what happens next year is Korn, a former law enforcement officer and teacher in Brooklyn. He also is a licensed real estate broker and instructor, according to information in a story that ran in the Boca Raton Tribune last year.

As it seems to be working out, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders may not be the only person named Bernie in the presidential race next year. According to his website, Korn is also listed as a Democrat, so he has a mighty big field of hopefuls to contend with.

Just for the record, Councilwoman Andrea Levine O’Rourke is up for re-election in 2020 to Seat A and Councilman Andy Thompson is going to make his first bid for a full term in Seat B, having been elected last year to fill Scott Singer’s council vacancy.

Tailgates in Paradise 2019

Special pre-game festivities are planned in advance of all Florida Atlantic University home football games this season.

Before teams take the field for the remaining five contests in FAU stadium, the Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center will come alive with “Tailgates in Paradise” activities.

Fans will be able to enjoy music, food and drinks, and can cool down in the air-conditioned facility before the kickoff. FAU will also have tailgate games and a bounce house for the young Owls in training. Each party starts two and a half hours before kickoff.

Fans can thank FAU alumni-owned Islamorada Beer Company for brewing up this fun-filled festivity. FAU Alumni Association members will enjoy free brewski at every tailgate fete while non-association visitors can purchase unlimited beer for only $10.

Local restaurants will offer various meal options for each game. Dining passes are $10 and free to kids under 10. No beer, of course, for the little Owls.

Remaining home games are this season are: Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Oct. 18 (Homecoming), Nov. 9 and Nov. 30.

This season’s tailgates will be on another level, expanding into the walkway between the Rec Center and Alumni Center.

Lynn welcomes largest freshman class

On the other side of the city, Lynn University has welcomed to the Military Trail campus the largest class in its history. With more than 1,200 new students arriving for the fall semester, Lynn’s student population has grown 46 percent in the past decade – based on enrollment figures tallied in late August.

“We had close to 10,000 students apply for undergraduate admission and, for the first time, the university had to close applications,” said Gareth Fowles, vice president for enrollment management.

“We attracted more academically prepared and engaged students than ever before,” he added. “This allowed us to stay true to our mission while ensuring that the incoming class is diverse in interests, academics and cultures.”

Lynn’s approximately 850 new undergraduates hail from nearly 60 countries, with one student traveling as far as 8,872 miles from Pune, India. International students represent 17 percent of the incoming class.

By Dale King

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