The focus of Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie’s State of the City was to remind residents how Boca has grown and what the future holds in store.
She recently addressed the Federation of Boca Raton Homeowners Associations with a slideshow of photos and a history lesson.
She said she wanted to give a historical perspective of Boca then and now.
“I showed our beloved institutions and where they are now,” she said.
Some of the institutions she highlighted were Mizner Park, Florida Atlantic University and Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
“Our city has grown and matured and so have our beloved institutions,” she said. “All of these wonderful things in our town make us a world class city.”
Part of the speech involved taking a look back in time to what Boca’s issues were in the 1960s.
She read off issues listed in a Boca News editorial from March 3, 1966.
The issues then included “traffic flow, speed limits, zoning, high-rise apartments, architectural review standards which relate to community appearance, disposal of city-owned land and parking problems in Downtown business area.”
These are some of the same concerns residents today have about their city.
“What’s old is new,” she said.
She reminded the audience that the city is looking into those issues with traffic and downtown open space already in motion.