August Publisher’s Letter

Consider August a Different Dog Days of Summer. We all know what’s going on, so let’s look at the upside.

If you’re a boater and fish, the regular Florida lobster season starts Aug. 6. You can still go to Boca’s gorgeous unspoiled beaches. If you’re a golfer, you can still play a round and the PGA tour is back on TV on weekends.

Boca’s official pickleball ambassador told city council the four courts in the new Hillsboro El Rio Park South are so busy, he asked for more. And by the end of August, we’ll be halfway through hurricane season.

Early voting starts Monday Aug. 3 through Aug. 16 for the Aug. 18 primary election. There’s 18 early voting sites, the most this year. Three are in Boca, at the Spanish River Library, West Boca Branch Library and on the FAU campus. The deadline to apply for vote by mail is 5 p.m. Aug. 8 or can you pick up a ballot at a Supervisor of Elections office.

Back to parks, the public’s invited to weigh in on phase 1 of Ocean Strand, that stretch that straddles A1A. All meetings are virtual now. This one’s at 5:15 p.m. Aug. 11 through the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District.

Socially this is always a quiet time. But there’s still two major virtual fundraisers. The 10th annual White Coats-4-Care to raise funds for their first white coat and equipment for the incoming class at FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine is Aug. 7.

“A [Virtual] Symphony of Voices: A Celebration of Women in Philanthropy” will be broadcast on Zoom Aug. 26. The Symphonia Boca Raton concert will celebrate six outstanding women in philanthropy on the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote.

Mayor Scott Singer’s the speaker at Boca Chamber’s virtual breakfast Aug. 13. And behind the scenes, this is budget time for the city, the county and the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District.

Let’s continue to be kind to one another and follow the guidelines.

Peter Gary

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