Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Barry’s Buzz by Barry Epstein – Aug. 26, 2010

A group of creditors who claim the owner of Boca Raton Bridge Hotel has not paid them have filed a petition to put the facility into Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The city of Boca Raton is studying annexation of a number of communities west of the city, including St. Andrews, Boca Grove and Mediterranea. Studies should show residents could save significantly on taxes and the city would increase their coffers.
The Chris Evert International Tennis Tournament will receive the prestigious Provedencia Award from the Palm Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau at their upcoming 2011 Marketing & Sales Plan Presentation September 30, 2010 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
Rumor has it that Trader Vics is opening in the former Albertsons in Mission Bay and that Chipotle Mexican Grill and ATT will be opening in a WestWinds shopping center out parcel.
Palm Beach County Commissioner Abrams announced the Boards approval of a project that will improve timing performances at major intersections with traffic signals countywide. Some of the roadways will include Linton Blvd, Dixie Highway and Congress Avenue in south county. Traffic signal retiming is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve traffic movement. Because it reduces delays at intersections and the number of stops on a roadway, there is less fuel consumption and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. “One of the most frustrating travel experiences is having to stop needlessly at traffic signals”, said Abrams. “In addition, there is a public safety benefit. With fewer stops and delays, a drivers level of frustration decreases along with unsafe driving behavior”, he added. “Timing is everything”! said Abrams. This is a federally subsidized project (no local tax dollars are required) which is scheduled to be completed in approximately 18 months.
Due to an appreciable upturn in construction activities and revenue, the Palm Beach County Building Division will once again be operating five days per week. Beginning on Monday, Aug. 30, the Building Division will go from a 32-hour, four-day work week to a 36-hour, five-day work week. The new office hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Currently, the Building Division is closed on Friday. Due to a sharp drop in housing starts and commercial construction, the Building Division last year had to lay off dozens of workers, including plans examiners, inspectors, permit technicians, cashiers and records clerks.
A learning experience of cinematic proportions is coming to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. FAU is opening a movie theater complex that will also serve as classrooms to its film students in October. Operated by Living Room Theaters, the complex consists of four 50-seat theaters that will be used during the day by FAU's film study program in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies. On nights and weekends, the theaters will be open to the public and will show foreign, classic and independent films.
Get the hair bleach ready: Andrew O’Hagan, the author of the novel The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe, says his novel has been optioned—and that Angelina Jolie has agreed to play Marilyn. He also says that George Clooney will appear in the film as Frank Sinatra and that production will begin soon. O’Hagan’s novel tells the story of Monroe through the eyes of her dog, which Sinatra had given to her. Scarlett Johansson and Christina Hendricks were also considered for the role.
The West Boca Chamber of Commerce second Tuesday breakfast Sept. 14 at Boca Lago Country Club, sponsored by West Boca Medical Center, will feature Mary Jane Saunders, new president of FAU as guest speakers. Details are on the website, www.westbocachamber.com. RSVP to info@westbocachamber.com.
The Greater Boca Raton Chamber second Thursday breakfast is Sept. 16. Call 561.395-4433 for details.
Movies opening this weekend include: Maos Last Dancer, Takers, Flippers, The Infidel, and The Last Exorcism. Congratulations to the winners of Tuesday’s primary election. General election is Nov. 2.
Barry Epstein, APR, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton, and is president of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce (www.westbocachamber.com), with a weekly internet television show on www.wrpbitv.com. His website is www.publicrelations.nu and his email is pr@publicrelations.nu. His blog is also on the Sun-Sentinel Jewish Journal site: http://barrys-journal.blogspot.com/. You can friend him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/barryepstein or follow him on Twitter @cme4pr. Fax items for the column to 561.451.0000 or email to: bocaspindoctor@gmail.com.

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