Boca Raton, Florida


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Boca Raton (population 75,000 within the city limits) is located on the Atlantic coast along the Intracoastal Waterway, 20 miles north or Fort Lauderdale.  The city is known for its beauty and a part of that beauty is its residential communities.  There are a wide variety of homes, from modest bungalows to beachside condominiums and breathtaking mansions. http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/

Boca Raton has all the amenities of a large urban area.  And if it isnít here, it is likely to be found conveniently within Palm Beach County.  The area offers miles of waterfront with beautiful views, use of the Intracoastal Waterway, ocean beaches, boating, sailing, fishing and other water sports, and it has great year-round golf and tennis.  There is a thriving business climate, excellent healthcare, educational opportunities, and there are three International airports within an easy drive. A great many good restaurants, plus arts and entertainment, can be found in the city. And with a short drive, you can take in a Major League Baseball spring training game, an NFL football game, a horse race, or visit the dog track.  This area has a great deal to commend it.

Arts & Culture

Boca Raton Public Library – http://www.bocalibrary.org/
Boca Raton Museum of Art – http://www.bocamuseum.org/
Boca Raton Historical Society – http://www.bocahistory.org/
Boca Raton Cultural Consortium – http://www.artsinboca.org/
Boca Raton Ballet Theatre – http://www.bocaballet.org/
Caldwell Theatre Company – http://www.caldwelltheatre.com/
Little Palm Tree Family Theatre – http://www.littlepalm.org/
Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park – http://www.centre4artsboca.com/
The Harid Conservatory is a tuition-free professional training school for
gifted young dancers. http://www.centre4artsboca.com/  

Palm Beach Community College Eissey Campus Theatre is a 750-seat venue that presents a season of international artists in its ìArts In The Gardensî series, as well as regular performances by local companies.  The Ballet Florida, Palm Beach Opera, Choral Society of Palm Beaches, Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Palm Beach Gardens Concert Band and the New Gardens Band all perform here. http://www.pbcc.edu/Theatre.xml

Raymond F. Kravis Center for Performing Arts is a 2,200-seat concert hall, a 300-seat black box theater, and a 1,100-seaqt amphitheater under the stars. Productions include top concert performers from country to classical, comedians, Broadway shows, opera, and ballet. http://www.kravis.org/

Ballet Florida – http://www.balletflorida.com/
Palm Beach Opera – http://www.pbopera.org/
Greater Palm Beach Symphony – (561) 655-2657

Recreation

The city manages more than 30 parks.  Included in this list is the municipal golf course, an executive golf course, and a swim & racquet center. Its many additional recreation services include a skate park, three tennis centers and its beaches.  http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/rec/parks/

Boca Raton boasts nearly 40 golf courses.   http://www.thegolfcourses.net/golfcourses/FL/BocaRaton.htm

Palm Beach County is home to more than 160 golf courses, and more than 1,100 tennis courts. There are miles, and miles of beaches and Intracoastal waterways, and water temperatures are comfortable year-round.  There is kayaking, waterskiing, sailing, boating, and fishing along the Intracoastal, and there is a wide variety of deep sea fishing, either along the coast or out in the Gulf Stream.

Royal Palm Polo Sports Club hosts matches on Sundays (January-April) featuring the worldís top players. http://www.polobarn.com/Clubs_links/royalpalm/royalpalm1.html

Dania Jai-Alai offers pari-mutuel betting on all games.
http://www.dania-jai-alai.com/

The Florida Panthers Hockey Team practices at nearby Deerfield Beach in the Gold Coast Ice Arena. (Games are at National Car Rental Center.)  http://www.panthers.nhl.com/

The Miami Dolphins of the National Football League play just 40 minutes south on the Florida Turnpike. http://miamidolphins.com/newsite/flash_content.asp

Roger Dean Stadium in nearby Jupiter is the newest spring training complex in the state.  This $28 million dollar facility is designed to support two Major League Baseball teams.  This 7,000-seat facility includes a field box, loge box, bleachers, grass berm and luxury skybox seating.  During February and March it is used by the Marlins and Cardinals, and it becomes home to the Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals (Class A) from April through August. http://rogerdeanstadium.com/stadium/

Holman Stadium in Vero Beach (cap. 6,474) hosts the spring training season of the L. A. Dodgers. http://www.springtrainingonline.com/teams/la_dodgers.htm

Dog Races are sponsored by the nearby Palm Beach Kennel Club. http://www.pbkennelclub.com/

There is horse racing at Gulf Stream Park which hosts the Florida Derby and Breederís Cup. The park is a few blocks from the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport. http://www.gulfstreampark.com/ Boca Raton residents also have easy access to Hialeah Park http:www.horseswild.com/resource/hialeah-park.php,

Calder Race Course in Miami http://www.calderracecourse.com/visit/ticket_sales/turf_club.html , or Pompano Park Racing http://www.pompanopark.com/.

Education

Florida Atlantic University is one of the stateís 11 public universities.  Total enrollment is over 25,000 students.  There is a full-service campus on an 850-acre site in Boca Raton. http://www.fau.edu/

Lynn University is a small liberal arts university. http://www.lynn.edu/index.php

Senior Programs

Mae Volen Senior Center provides transportation, adult day health care, case management and much, much more.  It offers programs and activities, educational classes, bingo, theme parties and outings. http://www.maevolen.com/

Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service, located in south Palm Beach County, helps families and individuals of all ages by offering counseling, support and educational programs. http://www.ruthralesjfs.org/

Hospitals

Boca Raton Community Hospital is a not-for-profit,community hospital that was named one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation in 1998.  It has the second largest cancer program in Florida. The hospital has 394 beds and a medical staff of over 700. http://www.brch.com/

Airport

Boca Raton Airport is a publicly-owned general aviation facility.  It has a single 6,276 ft. runway. http://www.bocaairport.com/

Weather

Average high temperature for January is 77 degrees, the average low is 59 degrees. The July averages are a high of 92 and low of 75 degrees. http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Boca_Raton.html

Newspaper

Boca Raton News – http://www.bocanews.com/

Property Taxes

http://www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us/

State Taxes

http://www.myflorida.com/dor/ Chamber of Commerce
http://www.bocaratonchamber.com/ State Aging Agency
http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/english/aaa.php

Distances

Jupiter – 43 miles
West Palm Beach – 28 miles
Boynton Beach – 14 miles
Ft. Lauderdale – 20 miles
Miami – 46 miles

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