Enjoying the charms of Southeast Florida, Boca Raton embraces the picturesque shorelines of the Atlantic Ocean. Known as the City of All Seasons, the place continues to cast spell on residents and visitors through its magnificent greeneries, enchanting architectural structures, well-landscaped parks, and pristine white sand beaches. Aside from having a natural setting for its wonderful tourist attractions, here are other Boca Raton facts that you should know.
- The US Census Bureau estimated the 2012 population to be at 87, 836. Yet, as a very busy and dynamic business center, its daytime population increases. Workers from nearby cities and towns flock Boca Raton to perform their usual job duties.
- The original name of Boca Raton is Boca de Ratones as it appeared on 18th century maps. Its abridged translation refers to sharp-pointed rocks scraping the ship’s cables. The translation is a fitting reference to the inlet in the part of Biscayne Bay as referred to by the old maps.
- In 1904, much of the lands located west of the city were converted by Japanese farmers of the Yamato Colony into pineapple plantations. The lands were later confiscated and became site of the Boca Raton Army Air Force Base. After World War II, some parts of the base were donated to the Palm Beach County and became grounds for the Florida Atlantic University.
- The Boca Raton Mall experienced a business drought leading to the closure of many establishments. Its old site was revitalized when it was converted to Mizner Park in 1991. Today, the place is a melting pot of culture, shopping, and dining experiences.
- Despite the restriction disallowing outdoor car dealerships, there are still numerous cars and other auto vehicles within the city.
- The strict development code has also impacted several businesses. No billboards are to be found within the incorporated areas. Even McDonald’s has subdued their golden arches.
- It has a 20-acre complex known as the Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex. It is named after an indigenous hardwood tree that continually sheds bark. The complex protects the few surviving forest islands of Florida.
- It holds the annual Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade which has been a tradition in the city for more than 25 years. The festival entertains residents and visitors with the magnificent boats paraded on the Intracoastal Waterway.
Boca Raton continues various development projects that adhere to its codes and laws. Through this, the great natural landscape of the city is preserved while still embracing advancements geared towards providing residents a life that is modern, convenient, and comfortable.