City of Boca Raton April 2019 City Connection. Photo of Pondhawk Natural Area, located at 1501 NW Spanish River Blvd
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Straws to Stay, but Boca Raton Encourages Voluntary Change
Extra! Extra! No ban on straws as Boca Raton takes ex-straw-dinary measures against single-use plastics
At a recent City Council workshop, the Boca Raton City Council decided to encourage voluntary reductions of single-use plastics, including straws, utensils, drinkware and plastic bottles, instead of banning straws like neighboring cities.

With a "lead by example" motto, the City has launched a new initiative called The Coastal Connection Restaurant Program aimed at recognizing restaurants in the community that are making sustainable and eco-friendly changes to benefit our coastal community. Participating restaurants will earn "Sustainability Stars" that reflect their level of commitment to the environment through certain actions. Learn more at our Coastal Connection Restaurant Program webpage.

You can also learn more about this program by listening to Ep. 18 - Connecting Our Coastal Community of our Boca Behind the Scenes podcast.
Everyday is Earth Day in Boca Raton as the City Collaborates and Cleans Its Coast
Coastal Resilience Partnership, 4ocean Clearing Waterways & the Great American Cleanup

The City of Boca Raton is a member of the Coastal Resilience Partnership, a group of 10 coastal municipalities partnered with Palm Beach County that hope to combat the effects of climate change with a focus on sea level rise. Boca Raton was one of the first cities to join this collaborative effort with other cities to assess the vulnerability of coastal communities due to climate change. Learn more about the Coastal Resilience Partnership.

In an effort to clean up the City's waterways, the City Council has approved a contract with the Boca Raton-based company, 4ocean. The company will be clearing out litter in some Boca Raton waterways and canals. Watch coverage of this story at

Finally, it's important to keep our beaches clean. Join Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and millions across America for the nation's largest community service program, the Great American Cleanup on April 27 from 8am to 11am at Spanish River Park. Get involved by signing up for a beach or mangrove cleanup. This event is free of charge, for all ages (children under 18 must participate with an adult), and community service hours will be awarded. For more information and to register visit
Latest Updates on Lake Worth Drainage District Canal Rehabilitation Projects

Lake Worth Drainage District (LWDD) canal rehabilitation is set to resume in late May / early June with work on the L-42, L-47, L-41 & E-3 canals. Here are updates on the canals that affect Boca Raton residents:

L-47 - This area has been staked. Residents in this area have been sent notices from the Lake Worth Drainage District. Visit for the map and notification letter related to L-47.

L-41 & E-3 - Residents have been notified by LWDD, City staff will do field work to assess once the area is staked.

L-42 - Working with Broken Sound to implement a vegetative plan for the area. Notices will likely go out later in the summer.

For up-to-date information regarding these canal rehabilitation projects including maps of project boundaries, please visit the LWDD website and click on 'In Your Neighborhood.' You can also email them at If you would like to speak with a representative regarding specific projects, please contact Steve Sherman, Right-of-Way Compliance Coordinator, at 561-819-5580.

Please note that the project schedule is subject to change at any time due to weather conditions, labor or equipment allocations, project site conditions, etc.
Check out SpringFest!
A new Spring event for the whole family with a focus on sustainability

The City of Boca Raton invites you and your family to the first annual SpringFest, a FREE City event on April 6 from 10am to 3pm at Spanish River Park (3001 N State Road).

SpringFest will feature an artisan market with plants, flowers, locally made products and handmade crafts, as well as educational booths to promote sustainability in conjunction with Earth Month. There will be plenty of fun games and activities such as an egg hunt, petting zoo, arts and crafts, good food and live entertainment.

Visit Boca Raton Special Events on Facebook for more information and a full schedule of egg hunts and music. Or... tune in to Boca Behind the Scenes podcast Episode 21 for everything you need to know about SpringFest!

Are you subscribed to our podcast? You can now find us wherever you listen! Search for Boca Behind the Scenes on Spotify, iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Google Podcasts and our City website. Visit our Podcasts page to learn more about Boca Behind the Scenes.
Road Closures / Projects
traffic cones blocking street with "road closed" sign
There are a number of road-related projects throughout the City. Some are City projects and some are led by other agencies. We sincerely appreciate everyone's patience as we all work to improve our roads. For more information and ongoing updates, please visit the City's Road Closures & Projects webpage.

  • I-95 Express Lanes - At Palmetto Park Road and I-95, northbound turn & ramp lanes have been reopened & are back to original status. Work at the intersections of I-95 / Camino Real and Palmetto Park Road are ongoing. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

  • FPL continues with pole replacement projects around the City. Currently, work is being done at NW 13th Street and NW 15 Avenue.

  • Camino Real Intracoastal Bridge remains scheduled for completion on June 30, 2019.

  • Pavement resurfacing to begin at the end of April:
  • NW 2nd Avenue from Palmetto Park Road to Glades Road
  • Palmetto Park Road from Crawford Boulevard to west of FEC tracks
Tunnel Closures at Spanish River Park
mural wall painting of sea turtle and ocean
More art is coming to Boca Raton!

The Boca Raton Art in Public Places Advisory Board has chosen the artists for the Spanish River Park / Beach Tunnel art mural.

Painting of the tunnel entrances is set to begin in April and run through May. Access to certain tunnels may be unavailable during this time (please pardon our dust while we make Boca Raton more beautiful).

Here are the dates for the Spanish River Park tunnel closures :
Artwork to be completed as follows. Work allowed Monday through Friday , 8am to 6pm . No work may be done on the weekends.
Central Tunnel
April 8 - 12
April 15 - 19
North Tunnel
April 22 - 26
April 29 - May 3
South Tunnel
May 6 - 10
May 13 - 17
single family home re-roof permit process just. got. easier.
Raising the Roof!
City of Boca Raton Building Department makes the single family home re-roof permit process easier

Replacing your home's roof is a big job, and a costly one. By the time you're ready to replace your roof, you've probably fixed more than one leak and may have had to deal with secondary problems like mold, water damage or wood rot. The City of Boca Raton Building Department has recently streamlined the single family home re-roof permit process, so once you make the decision to replace your roof, it's easier for you or your contractor to get to work.

Over the counter re-roof permits now take about 15 minutes or less when you visit the Building Department (200 NW 2nd Avenue) with the following documents:

Fees are 1.75% of the contracted job. For additional information, call 561-393-7930.
Each month we bring you a curated list of the Top Things to Do & Know in Boca Raton. April brings a focus on sustainability and combating the effects of climate change, getting involved in City government, and our first annual SpringFest! View our top picks...

Apr. 19 - Passover

Apr. 21 - Easter

Apr. 22 - Earth Day
Boca Raton, Florida. Our goals.
Strategic Planning Workshops - April 11 & 12

The City's Executive Leadership team and City Council will meet to discuss the goals for the upcoming fiscal year at strategic workshops to be held Thursday, April 11, 2019 and Friday, April 12, 2019 at 6500 North Congress Avenue from 8:30am to 5pm.

Feedback and input from the public is welcome during the public comment period after the morning sessions each day (approx. 11:30am) and at the end of each day (approx. 4pm). The workshops will be recorded and available for viewing the following week.

For more information see the City Calendar.
Save the Date
April 5, May 3, June 7
11am - 2pm
Coyote Outreach Meeting
May 9, 2019
Downtown Boca Raton Library
May 16, 2019
Location TBD
May 27, 2019
9am - 10am | 6pm - 9pm
More than 5,000 people attended Touch a Truck at the Spanish River Library! Families got to see, touch, climb aboard and learn about the City of Boca Raton's many fascinating trucks and vehicles from Recreation Services, Police Services, Municipal Services, Fire Rescue Services and Utility Services. Visitors also enjoyed special story times in the library. Hope to see you next year!
Kids posing with and climbing aboard City of Boca Raton trucks
Visit the Boca Raton Public Library Facebook page to see a video that captures the fun and highlights of Touch a Truck.

Maybe you'll see your family in it!
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You didn't do anything wrong or misclick. It's not you, it's us.

We are in the process of remediating pages and documents, and some may be unavailable during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience but are here to help, so please email the contact on the page for assistance. For more information visit our News Flash.
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