A message from your Boca Chamber President & CEO


One of the priority issues in the Boca Chamber’s 2016 Legislative Agenda is the development of a restaurant on the former Wildflower property located in downtown Boca Raton on the Intracoastal Waterway and the Palmetto Park Road Bridge. The development of this site is also named as one of the City’s top priorities for 2016-2017.
The development of this site as a restaurant is a progressive, fiscally responsible and sound decision that enhances the goal of active usage on the waterfront. In 2012, the property was designated to include a free standing restaurant under a land lease arrangement. This agreement would generate an estimated $10 million over the term of the lease. Not only would the city recoup its original investment of the property ($7.5 million), it would energize that area of our downtown with a premier waterfront restaurant that would be an attractive destination for our community. Furthermore, the restaurant would generate a positive economic impact to our city and help create a sense of place in our emerging downtown. Alternative uses of the site would not result in the same overall positive outcome.
This action will:
• Generate a positive financial gain to the city
• Enhance our downtown
• Create an active usage of our waterfront property
As a community stakeholder and supporter of economic prosperity, we ask you to demonstrate your support for the development of a restaurant on the former Wildflower property. This prime piece of waterfront real-estate has been dormant since the purchase six years ago. We can’t let it sit vacant any longer!
Boca Raton is a successful, growing community that is the envy of many. The Boca Chamber and City have worked together over the years to make it that way. Our Mayor and City Council members often deal with complex issues facing our city. They are the policy makers that shape the future direction of the community. They need our input. They need our support. They need our voices.
Let your voice be heard by joining me, business professionals and community leaders at an upcoming CRA, Workshop or City Council meeting as we engage in civil dialogue that continues to move our city forward while recognizing that Boca Raton is the best place to live, work, learn and play.
Moving Forward,
Troy M. McLellan
Boca Chamber
President & CEO