Boca Raton is a city on Florida’s southeastern coast, known for its golf courses, parks, and beaches. Large, oceanfront Red Reef Park is home to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center with trails, a butterfly garden, and a sea turtle sanctuary. Downtown, Boca Raton Museum of Art has modern and contemporary American and European collections, and a sculpture garden. Nearby Mizner Park Amphitheater hosts concerts and events.
Boca Raton, is the southernmost city in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. It was first incorporated on August 2, 1924, as “Bocaratone,” and then incorporated as “Boca Raton” in 1925. The 2019 population estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau was 99,805. Known as one of the wealthiest cities in South Florida with common sights of yachts, private jets, exotic cars, and mansions which are concentrated in the Downtown, Coastal, and Gated Country Club Communities. With a multitude of amenities such as golf, tennis, racquetball, polo, swimming pools, spas, beaches, gyms, and restaurants, Boca Raton has been consistently highly ranked for fitness and leisure. Outside of the Boca Raton city jurisdiction, there are approximately 200,000 people with a Boca Raton postal address, even though they live outside of municipal boundaries, such as West Boca Raton. As a business center, the city experiences significant daytime population increases. Boca Raton is 44 miles (71 km) north of Miami and is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which had a population of 6,012,331 people as of 2015.
Boca Raton is home to the main campus of Florida Atlantic University, built on what was formally a United States Military Radar training base. The corporate headquarters of Office Depot, ADT, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and Bluegreen Corporation are also based here. It is home to the Evert Tennis Academy, owned by former professional tennis player Chris Evert. Boca Town Center, an upscale shopping center in central Boca Raton, is the largest indoor mall in Palm Beach County. The downtown area is established around a lifestyle center, and entertainment hub named Mizner Park next to Royal Palm Place, a mixed-use shopping, dining, and residential district.
Many buildings in the area have a Mediterranean Revival or Spanish Colonial Revival architectural theme, initially inspired by Addison Mizner, a resort architect who heavily influenced the city’s early development. Still today, Boca Raton has a strict development code for the size and types of commercial buildings, building signs, and advertisements that may be erected within the city limits. No outdoor car dealerships are allowed in the municipality, however indoor high-end ones are authorized such as the location on Clint Moore. No billboards are permitted; the city’s only billboard was grandfathered in during annexation, such as near the Town Center Mall. The strict development code has led to several major thoroughfares without large signs or advertisements in the traveler’s view.