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Subject:  In Defense of Free Speech  

Private citizens have a right to speak their concerns publicly. That right is not only a protected constitutional right but is also no protected by a law that provides every citizen civil remedies if the have been retaliated against for exercising their rights. Ask an attorney about Florida’s “SLAPP Act” If anyone has been sued by a public figure for speaking their mind or opposing that public figure they have extraordinary remedies set forth in a law enacted in 2011 which provides strong civil remedies designed to remedy the harm cause by a public official seeking to suppress their voice through the use of court actions to suppress their free speech. 

STEVE UTRECHT
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Subject: East Boca infrastructure needs 

I have been saying for years that the key to downtown success is a more walkable, bikeable, liveable downtown that has an integrated alternative transportation system which reaches the beach. There is no other city in South Florida that has the ocean so directly connected to its downtown. Palmetto Park, by reason of its direct connection to both the ocean and the downtown is the most intrinsically valuable street in all of South Florida. Palmetto Park Rd. despite being that unique and extremely rare and valuable asset, still has great needs for investment in infrastructure and remains an unbalanced and has been less than progressively developed. I have also been saying for years that there are huge pockets of neglected infrastructure that makes this section of our City less connected to the ocean by walking or biking rather than more connected. The time has come to rethink this aspect of our city planning. There are ways to shape codes to accomplish this goal. First and foremost it requires vision. A balanced vision that leaves room for investment but requires developer contribution in exchange for enhanced development rights. 

Steve Utrecht
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Subject: Golf courses in Boca.

It is imperative to keep the current courses and continue to  support golf and use some of the land that is currently being turned into large buildings. I have written before and expressed my opinion about the growth of Boca. We have been and currently are a beautiful relatively small city that is supported and enjoyed by the 

current residents. Why is it that the Commissioners want to turn what we have and enjoy into a large metropolis Ridiculous.

BRENDA M MCCORMACK
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Subject: Traffic at major commuting times & safety 

The police & city officials hzve flagrantly allowed people to extend beyond the end of street when Red light begins. 

This makes a bad safety concern because Emergency vehicles cannot cross an intersection that is clogged w vehicles. 

Palmetto at Dixie & Palmetto at Federal Hwy. 

1st St. At Dixie and Federal Hwy 

Very annoying as well when traffic does not flow. 

Nrxt subject is city owned vehicles including Police that do not use turn signals! 

Just Bad.

Gary I Berg
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Subject: Sea level rise doesn’t know municipal boundaries 

Thank you Monica Mayotte for being a thought leader on this existential issue. Unfortunately the climate change debate is more a matter of politics and economics than of science and technology. The engineer Saul Griffith said that dealing with global warming is not like the Manhattan Project—it’s like the whole of World War II but with everyone on the same side. He was only half right because we are not all on the same side. Not yet, anyway. Getting leaders who are inspired by these huge challenges, rather than burying their heads in the sand, would be a big step in the right direction.

Ian MacDougall
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Subject: Brightline/VirginTrainsUSA

Take a look at California’s bullet train project progress so far after 15 or more years ? Nobody is going to ride Brightline’s train with only 3 other stops in places they don’t want to go! If we want to go back in time in regards to travel modes , why not just bring back the horse and buggy??? Really, who’s in charge here ?

Michael Mealer
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Subject: Brightline/VirginTrainsUSA

Thank you Boca First for keeping us informed every step of the way, I just only saw something about this on mainstream news last night. Question is it true the city Council is voting tonight and secondly how can a major decision like this be made without a vote from the residents ?

Chris Scarpa
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Subject: Brightline/VirginTrainsUSA

Is there anyway the complete proposal of the proposed railroad station, parking garage, pedestrian bridge over Dixie and the RR tracks,and potential rezoning areas to go high rise apartments thanks to a TOD re-zoning, etc., go to the voters ? This is such a big deal with lots of taxpayer giveaways and risk in it that it needs to go to the voters. Virgin wants this so bad, they can wait for the public vote. Time is not of the essence. Go to the public vote.

Bob Fredrikson
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