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 Subject: Safety in Boca 

I was very much encouraged by your article about safety on E. Palmetto Park Rd. I applaud you for bringing attention to this topic and for your action in having the city actually do something about this issue. 

I have similar concerns regarding Boca Raton Blvd. between Palmetto Park Road and Glades. Speeding is not only a nuisance but also a real safety issue. Dozens of children live on or near this strip of Boca Raton Blvd ( aka NW 2nd Ave), in addition to the daycare center, older residents and pets regularly crossing and walking along the street. 

I have contacted the police department regarding enforcement as well as the city Council, but any enforcement is short-lived and so I’m hoping for a more long-term and sustainable solution. I’m hoping that you might be able to give me some pointers regarding the best way to get change that will result in a safer neighborhood. 

Nik Michniewicz
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Subject: Voting 

As long term resident and homeowner in East Boca. I have seen much growth here, but not been aware of the underlying reasons, or politics involved. I do read the papers, so I see the rumors and innuendos about some political figures. Who would you endorse in the upcoming election and why? 

Please be honest and share negative information, if public knowledge. I’m trying to get a better understanding of the current state of our elected officials before I vote… 

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Subject:  Chemicals (PFAS) in potable and reclaimed water

Delray Beach is plagued by “forever chemicals” detected at unsafe levels in their water supply. Boca Raton, while not experiencing this now should take a pro active stance at this time. These chemicals are “forever” as they bio accumulate and NEVER break down in your body. Are you on thyroid medication? Having trouble getting pregnant? PFAS are known endocrine disrupters and also cause cancer. If people are concerned now, there are special water filters that are available, but better still to explore NOW prefabricated, reverse osmosis filters for our municipal water treatment plant. Delray Beach is nearby and Boca Raton should be on guard for the safety of our precious water. 

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 Subject: Election Results 

The US voter is above all else a partisan voter – once a Democrat always a Democrat and once a Republican always a Republican. There are some, but few exceptions to this rule. Herein lies a possible explanation as to why people often place votes that are not in their best interests, and why a majority of eastern Boca residents voted for the party of climate change deniers. Climate change is an existential threat to our coastal communities. We need to stop asking our elected officials if they believe in climate change and start asking them if they understand it. It’s science – not Santa Claus. 

Ian MacDougall
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