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Happy New Year! Looking Back on 2023

From all of us at the City of Boca Raton, we wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and successful new year! The City has accomplished so much this past year and none of it could have been done without the tremendous support from our staff, community, and stakeholders.

Be sure to look out for the City's 2023 Year in Review special edition newsletter to catch a glimpse of all that happened in 2023.

George Brown, Boca Raton City Manager

Meet Your New City Manager: George S. Brown

The City of Boca Raton is pleased to announce the appointment and promotion of George S. Brown as your new City Manager. A City of Boca Raton employee for 45 years, and resident since 1976, George brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position. In his new role, George will oversee all aspects of running a full-service City of 100,000+ residents, managing nearly 1,800 City employees across eight departments, including Police and Fire Rescue Services, Municipal and Utility Services. In addition, he will oversee the City’s management of 49 parks, community events, its financially secure position and “AAA” bond rating, and permitting, planning & zoning, code enforcement and all Development Services. Congratulations!

Happy Retirement to Leif Ahnell

After an impressive total of 33 years with the City of Boca Raton and 24 years as City Manager, Leif Ahnell retired on December 31, 2023. Under his leadership, Boca Raton has overcome challenges, achieved significant progress, and has shaped the city into a vibrant coastal community offering world-class municipal services and a well-planned path to a sustainable future.

Thank you, Leif, for your outstanding service; your legacy will endure, and you will be greatly missed by your employees and the community. View a video in recognition of Leif's tenure during the final Council Meeting of 2023.

Celebrate the Life & Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join the City in commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 15. The ceremony and event are free and open to the public.

  • Community Breakfast: 8am - 10am, Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church
  • Unity March: 10am, MLK Jr. Monument to Mizner Park Amphitheater
  • Ceremony: 10:30am, Mizner Park Amphitheater
  • FREE Unity Celebration: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Mizner Park Amphitheater

For more information about the ceremony and celebration, visit the City's website.

Congratulations to the 2023 RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl Winner - University of South Florida!

Congratulations to USF for winning the 10th Annual Roofclaim.com Boca Raton Bowl! USF dominated the game with a final score of 45-0 against Syracuse University. We hope both teams and their fans, family, and friends enjoyed their time in Boca Raton.

And congratulations to Battalion Chief Scott Ward of Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services for being recognized at the Boca Raton Bowl in the 2023 SERVPRO Honor a First Responder Program.

Water System Disinfection Program and Fire Hydrant Flushing to Begin

To maintain the water quality of the City's water system, our Utility Services Department will temporarily modify the disinfection process used by the water treatment facility for a two-week period beginning on Sunday, January 21 and ending on Sunday, February 4. Customers served by the City's Utility Services may notice a slight chlorine taste or odor in the tap water during this period.

The City will flush fire hydrants during this period as well. Customers may notice flowing water in streets and swales, localized lower water pressures and a slight discoloration of their tap water.

For more information on this water treatment process, please visit Utility Services or call Utility Services at 561-338-7310. You can also listen to Episode 22 - Understanding Water Modification of our former Boca Behind the Scenes Podcast to get a better understanding.

Business in Boca News

The 4th Quarter 2023 Report from our Office of Economic Development is available. Read about a recent business roundtable discussion, a Public Leader Excellence Award, the Breakfast with the Broker podcast, recent ribbon cuttings, and more.

Save the Date: First Responder Expo

Meet your City police, firefighters, and paramedics at the Boca Raton First Responders Expo on Saturday, February 3 from 10am - 2pm at the Town Center Mall Parking lot (corner of Glades Rd. & St. Andrews Blvd.).

Check out live action firefighting, K-9 and motorcycle demonstrations, interactive activities and photo ops for the kids!

Person with key fob near car.

Heads Up Boca! Lock Your Cars

This year, 57% of the vehicles stolen in the city were left unlocked, and in 58% of the cases, the keys or key FOBs were left inside. This type of crime is occurring all over the region, and together, we can drive these numbers down.

Boca Raton Police Services reminds you take keys, key FOBs, personal property, and garage door clickers out of your vehicle and lock the doors. If you see a suspicious person or vehicle in your neighborhood, call them at 561-368-6201.

CERT Training with Fire Rescue

Would you know what to do if a hurricane, flood, or disaster were to strike? Become better prepared with Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training from our Fire Rescue Services team. The goal is to better prepare our community in case of natural or man-made disasters. The FEMA based course will teach you how to help yourselves and your neighbors in case of an emergency, when Police, Fire or EMS may not be able to respond immediately.

The FREE course is 8 weeks long, with one 3-hour evening class per week. Must be a City resident and at least 16 years old. Classes start February 21. Learn More.

Wedding event at Spanish River Library

I am planning an event. Does the City have venues available?

The City offers a variety of spaces and venues to host your community gatherings, birthdays, parties and weddings. Permits and fees may apply.

  • Outdoor Events - A number of park pavilions of various sizes can be reserved at six different parks in the City. Learn more.
  • Meetings and Community Gatherings - Both the Spanish River and Downtown Libraries offer spacious and functional rooms. Learn more.
  • Weddings - Plan an alfresco wedding in the middle of Mizner Park, Sanborn Square, Red Reef Park or Spanish River Library. Learn more.

Check back each month for a new Frequently Asked Question.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

The City's Christmas tree recycling program will run through Jan. 21, 2024.

Residents can drop off their “clean” Christmas trees at Countess de Hoernle Park (1000 Spanish River Blvd, southern end of the parking lot next to the maintenance area). Recreation Services will pick up the trees and chip them into mulch to be used at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. View drop-off times and other details.

Tree Giveaway - January 15

Pick up a free native or fruiting tree to plant in your yard at the City's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. event at Mizner Park Amphitheater on January 15.

See Event Details.

Species include: Gumbo Limbo, Paradise Tree, June Plum, Barbados Cherry, and Starfruit. 

Tree giveaway begins at 11:30am while supplies last. City residents only. Thank you to our event partner, Community Greening.

January 19th is Florida Arbor Day

Did you know that the City of Boca Raton has been a Tree City USA for 44 consecutive years? The City also received a Growth Award in 2023 which recognizes our commitment to protecting and enhancing tree canopy, with contributing factors like our ongoing partnership with Community Greening on residential tree giveaways and our ecological restoration work in the beachfront parks with the Institute for Regional Conservation. 

Sustainable Yard Series

Join the City and the University of Florida IFAS Extension for the SUSTAINABLE YARDS SERIES! 

Each workshop will be at the Downtown Library from 6pm - 7:30pm. Register in advance by emailing [email protected] for a free native plant to take home.

Speaker: Kara Kruger, UF|IFAS Palm Beach County Environmental Horticulture Extension Agent. 

January 17  |  Native Plant Starter Guide

How and why to begin integrating native plants into your yard.

February 21  |  Gardening for Wildlife

Learn how to attract birds and butterflies to your yard.

March 27  |  Planting for Water Quality

Perfect for HOAs and waterfront homeowners. Learn how to use plants to keep your water bodies clean and clear.

April 24  |  Rain or Shine

Learn how to deal with an abundance of water in the rainy season and best irrigation practices for dry times. 

What City Meetings and Events are Planned This Month?

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January 1 - New Years Day Observed

January 8 CRA Regular Meeting / City Council Workshop

January 8 - City Council Regular Meeting

January 15 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observed

January 22 - CRA Regular Meeting / City Council Workshop

January 23 - City Council Regular Meeting

Sanitation truck picking up debris

Holiday Sanitation Changes

For City sanitation customers, please note the holiday sanitation schedule for the MLK Jr. Day holiday, as your collection days may change.

Need an extra reminder? Get a TEXT on Sunday!

Sign up for Sanitation notifications online or text SanitationAlert (no space) to 38276.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

NO sanitation service on Monday, Jan. 15

Monday, Jan. 15 collection will be a day LATER on Tuesday, Jan. 16

Tuesday, Jan. 16 collection will be a day LATER on Wednesday, Jan. 17

Next Night Market - January 4

Join us for some food, drinks, and sweets as you listen to live music and shop local artists & makers.

Upcoming Dates

Jan. 4 • Feb. 8 • Mar. 7 • Apr. 11 • May 9

See the awesome lists of vendors!

The Recreator: Your Guide to Great Recreation

This Spring issue is packed with exciting activities for the whole family. Whether you’re looking for indoor or outdoor activities, arts and crafts, sports or community events, The Recreator has you covered!

Check out the new issue.

Gumbo Limbo Golden Hour Tours

Jan. 12 & 16

Join us for an after-hours tour through Gumbo Limbo’s open-air butterfly garden,

Ashley Nature Trail, and lighted outdoor aquariums, including peaceful sunset views over the

Intracoastal Waterway. 

Details & Enrollment


Lecture Series

Jan. 24

Dr. Mike Jenkins of Geosyntec Senior Coastal Engineering will delve into the science,

history, and other facets of these increasingly powerful forces of nature; discover what they know and

what they don’t!

Details & Enrollment

City of Boca Raton employees

Work with a purpose. Work for the City of Boca Raton. #WeAreCBR


Join our award-winning teams that provide the best services to our community of residents and businesses. Exciting opportunities are available across the following areas:

City Manager's Office

Human Resources Coordinator

Workers' Compensation Administrator

Benefits Coordinator

Municipal Services

Construction Project Manager

Police Services                                        

Mental Health Clinician

Secretary - PT

Public Administrative Technician

Public Safety Call Taker

∙ Crime Scene Supervisor

Recreation Services

Science Program Presenter - PT

Financial Manager

Park Ranger - PT

Pool Lifeguard - PT

Irrigation System Supervisor

Utility Services

Senior Plant Mechanic

Plant Electrician

Water Plant Operator Trainee

Vocational Apprenticeship - Plant Electrician

View All Career Opportunities
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