Hello Again Boynton Beach

My first blog entry in a while. 

Let’s go for some good news…. And it is all grouped around next weekend.
Set your computer, calendar, whatever to:

10 a.m. Friday Nov. 12

when Boynton Beach Community High School Choir group will perform on NBC’s “Today” show.  Not an easy feat to become to #1 chorus in the nation by […]

Boynton Beach CRA doesn’t make it easy for us….

Our CRA District is about one-third of our entire City.  Information about our CRA should be readily available to us, the taxpayers of Boynton Beach.  Why are the taxpayers not allowed to get the back-up information to the items on the CRA Board meetings agenda without CALLING the CRA office.  Some of our taxpayers may not find it convenient […]

CITIZENS ALERT! Our Boynton Beach District 4 Schools need John McGovern

We must work together to keep this seat in Boynton Boynton. We must not allow this seat to pass into the hands of candidates who, in this most gerrymandered of districts, will not focus on the challenge before us of the need for continuous progress for our District 4 schools – the majority of which are Boynton/Delray/Lake Worth. […]

Ocean Breeze Project

Lots of CRA money to be spent here. 

Awaiting Director Lisa Bright’s reply for more info (READ from the bottom up):

—– Original Message —–

From: Victoria Castello To: Bright, Lisa

 Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 10:54 AM

 Subject: Re: Ocean Breeze project

May I have the names of the respondents to date and will you kindly inform me whenever others come […]


Think of it as a HEARING…  Our ELECTED city commissioners sitting as the CRA Board will be asking tough questions of CRA Director Lisa Bright

6:30 – 9:00 PM  at our City Library
For those of you who wish to study the figures NOW,  here it is CRA budget information online:

Go to: ftp://www.ci.boynton-beach.fl.us/CRA/

The login is: ftp4cra

The password […]

On Monday, July 26 Let's Look at the CRA's books...

…not fast pretty pictures in PowerPoint presentations.  This morning I emailed Lisa Bright:

From: Victoria Castello
To: Bright, Lisa
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2010 7:44 AM
Subject: 7/26/2010 CRA Board agenda / Back-up
Good Morning Lisa,
Please advise how I can obtain the back-up information to the
7/26/2010 agenda  of  CRA Board http://www.boyntonbeachcra.com/downloads/Budget%20Meeting%20Agenda%207.26.10.pdf
Thank you,

I am an accountant.   You, my readers, may […]

Boynton Beach CRA

Tonight’s meeting is VERY IMPORTANT

7/20: 6:00pm, Special Community Redevelopment Agency Board meeting: City Hall, Commission Chambers, (view Agenda).

This editorial from the Palm Beach Post tells you:

In Boynton, two options: Bring CRA under city staff, or suspend agency director.

“Boynton Beach city commissioners have only two credible options at today’s special meeting to deal with the infighting […]

Boynton Beach Taxpayers' Alert!

Just got the good word….The budget is available for viewing online via www.boynton-beach.org
Look at it and think of yourself as the business owner of Boynton Beach. More money is going OUT than is coming IN.
Yes, these are difficult times and we have to navigate them with care and good intention.
All ideas given with that thoughtfulness […]

Citizens' ideas are a terrible thing to waste...

Subject:  Unable to access 2010-2011 Proposed Budget online

Hello City Manager Kurt Bressner

On www.boynton-beach.org it states:
The City Commission will hold a series of special meetings from Monday, July 19, through Wednesday, July 21, 2010, for the purpose of reviewing the proposed Capital Improvement program for FY2010-2011; the proposed budget for FY2010-2011; adoption of the preliminary Fire […]

Boynton Beach's Reputation


(An Open Letter to the Elected Officials of Boynton Beach)

If you are reading this you are probably at a computer. Google “Boynton Beach CRA” and right up there is a headline which causes me and other Boynton Beach citizens much…(you fill that in). When the comments cease, the headline will stop coming […]

Boynton Beach CRA Director Actions

Reading the Palm Beach Post headline “Boynton CRA director refuses office access to Mayor, calls Police”…. made me realize how destructive the actions of our present Boynton Beach CRA Director have become.   At this point it renders her totally ineffective

At the 6/8 CRA Board meeting the Board has requested that CRA Director Lisa Bright and […]

Protect the Agricultural Reserve west of Boynton Beach

Broward land developer, GL Homes has requested our County Commissioners consider a trade of about 900 acres of publicly owned farmland in the Agricultural Reserve for about 5,000 acres in Loxahatchee.

Why are we (our County Government) being asked to bail out this developer who purchased 5,000 acres in Loxahatchee/ The Acreage area during the real […]

A Big Thank you to Keller Williams Realty Boynton Beach

 On May 13th as part of their Company’s second year RED DAY (RENEW, ENERGIZE and DONATE) this office which is located west, (8188 Jog Road) far from our Downtown, donated the time of their 40 or more,  agents and staff, to renew and energize Our Senior Center on Federal Highway across from the Woman’s Club. […]



It takes hard work and dedication to improve blighted areas.  CRAs are formed for that purpose.  There are times when the CRA director/staff have to set aside thoughts of “political suicide”, egos, personalities or personal comfort and step up to the plate and support its mission.
Our CRA is one of the largest yet its core, […]

Boynton Historical Society’s Annual Dinner Sunday 5/23 -ALL INVITED!

Want to share with you info regarding the Boynton Historical Society’s Annual Dinner and Program this Sunday evening at 5:15 for the dinner, and 6:00 for the FREE program if you cannot make it to the potluck dinner to be held at the Boynton Women’s Club.

It sounds like great fun! I don’t know about you, […]

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

While there is no sense of urgency at present, we the citizens of Boynton Beach would be foolish to ignore the threat to our beach and local drift boat fishing.  Both great tourist attractions. The Gulfstream comes closest to Boynton Beach’s shoreline.

We have a problem of unknown consquenses. I suggest that you click here http://cwc.lumcon.edu/ as […]

Can Boynton Beach find the $$$$!

We have heard from our newly elected Mayor that next year our City faces a 5 Million dollar budget shortfall.  With property values falling, property tax revenue is down significantly.  Other cities have bitten the bullet by workforce reduction such as laying off staff, furloughs and hiring freezes.  Our past mayor frowned on that but […]

Earlier Boynton Beach City Commission Meetings?

Tomorrow (5/4) night’s City Commission meeting has on the agenda the request by Commissioner Orlove to consider changing the meeting time from 6:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Since previous commission meetings have been running into the late hours, this may not be a bad idea.   Will it deter citizen participation? It need not. With the […]

Boynton Beach Mayor Rodriquez Cares

After a presentation of the ongoing improvements to the Marina, Mayor Rodriquez conducted a very fruitful meeting wherein the boat slip tenants “wish list” was discussed.
At the top of the list was parking.  Especially annoying to boat owners is that at 8 a.m. on Saturdays public parking becomes restaurant employee parking rather than the intended customer […]

Boynton Beach’s Greatest Asset

A vibrant downtown begins with a well-run creatively developed  BOYNTON BEACH MARINA.  Our Marina is one of the last working marinas in Palm Beach County. It is part of Palm Beach County’s strategic plan to activate the Intracoastal Waterway as a means of commerce. 

A public meeting will  be held in the Marina on Monday, April 26, 2010, 4:00 […]