Good Morning Valued Chamber Member,
The Cougars of Brigham Young University have accepted an invitation to play in the Roofclaim.com Boca Raton Bowl against the Knights of the University of Central Florida. The game will be played at Florida Atlantic University Stadium on December 22nd at 7:00pm p.m. and televised on ESPN. BYU won nine consecutive games to begin the season, becoming the highest-ranked team to play in the bowl game. Both teams have a highly charge offense providing for an entertaining game!
The Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of Pfizer’s COVID-10 vaccine over the weekend. The authorization allows the United States to begin inoculating Americans against COVID-19. Pfizer's vaccine requires two doses, which need to be taken 21 days apart. Everyone who receives an initial dose on Monday will need to return a month later to complete the process. The FDA will meet on Thursday to decide whether to recommend the vaccine produced by Moderna be granted Emergency Use Authorization. A third vaccine, produced by AstraZeneca, is still enrolling people for its trials. If approved, this vaccine does not require super-cold storage and transport.
Governor DeSantis announced on Monday that 179,000 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Florida. The initial doses will be given to high contact, high exposure health care workers within five hospitals that have the ability to store and distribute millions of doses, followed by residents at long-term care facilities throughout the state. Those hospitals are Tampa General, AdventHealth Orlando, UF Health Jacksonville, Memorial Hospital Miami, and Memorial Regional Hospital Hollywood. An additional 400,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine could arrive in Florida between Sunday and Tuesday of next week, if FDA approval is given.
The Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA) recognized the Boca Raton Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)/Downtown Boca with a 2020 Roy F. Kenzie Award for its Sanborn Square Community Engagement & Placemaking project. FRA’s annual awards program celebrates the most innovative and effective redevelopment programs across the state of Florida, within 14 juried categories. Winners demonstrate innovation and positive impact on their communities and inspire other Florida communities. The winning program was envisioned to activate the district’s central green space and engage the downtown community. Sanborn Square was transformed into a more interactive and social destination for Downtown Boca residents and visitors, and for the benefit of local businesses. The Boca Raton CRA/Downtown Boca’s winning program is featured in the FRA’s Best Book, which highlights all 2020 winners and serves as a guide to best practices and successful redevelopment for other Florida communities.
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We continue to provide you with valuable educational webinars and virtual experiences, with most being recorded and available for you to access on the Boca Chamber’s YouTube Channel. Hit the subscribe button to find out when new content is posted on our channel.
Below is a list of our upcoming virtual and in-person experiences:
The early bird gets the worm! Enjoy this FREE monthly networking opportunity. Grab a cup of coffee, meet new people, and give your best 30-second elevator pitch – all before the workday begins!
Boca Lago Golf & Country Club
8665 Juego Way
Boca Raton, FL 33433
Sponsor: iThink Financial
Topic: Connecting you to your audience with great storytelling
Speaker: Jonathan Garber, Flying Chimp Media
Sponsor: Saint Andrews School
Speaker: Ethan Shapiro, Head of School, Saint Andrew’s School
Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center
5150 Town Center Circle
Boca Raton, FL 33486
Sponsor: Memorial Health
Topic: Staying Active For Life
Speaker: Amy Long, The Exercise Coach
Topic: Social Styles: How to Communicate Effectively
Speaker: Lisa Davis, Managing Partner 1847 Financial
I started my message with college football, so I will end it with college football. Florida Atlantic University will play in its third bowl game in four years after accepting an invitation Sunday night to play in the inaugural Montgomery Bowl on December 23rd. The Owls will travel to Alabama to face the Memphis Tigers. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. on ESPN. The Montgomery Bowl replaced the Fenway Bowl after it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Congratulations to our hometown team and we wish them luck – go Owls!
Please continue to be Responsible, Safe and Respectful — and thank you for making Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and all of South Palm Beach County the best place to Live, Work, Learn and Play!
Moving Business Forward,