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        VOL. 16 NO. 11                                                                         NOVEMBER 2022

      Brightline Train Station Opening in December to Mark

      A New Era in Benefits for Boca Families, Businesses

         As of the editorial deadline for this issue of Boca Club News, the official December
      date of the Brightline train station opening in Boca had not been set, but one thing is
      certain: This event will represent one of the most important accomplishments for this city
      in decades—a testament to the dedication and determination of Mayor Scott Singer and all
      members of the City Council, one that will accrue to the benefit of both the area’s families
      and businesses.
         The Brightline network is reimagining train travel through the lens of the modern traveler
      to offer an experience unlike any other. Through a hospitality-driven approach, Brightline
      is connecting cities with distances too short to fly and too far to drive conveniently, while
      maintaining the allure of travel and exploration. The modern, intercity passenger rail
      already serves Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach with plans to connect South
      Florida to Orlando by 2023.
         This year, Brightline is opening two new stations. The one in Boca will be located
      across from Mizner Park, located at 101 NW 4th Street on a 1.8-acre site adjacent to the
      downtown library. The station will feature 22,000 square feet of space, which will include
      its signature autonomous MRKT and SMART and PREMIUM lounges. Inside the station,
      travelers will be immediately greeted by the platform and access level boarding onto the
      train. A 455-space parking garage will service Brightline’s Boca station and visitors to the   The Brightline station in Boca that will open in December.
      library, who will have dedicated, covered and complimentary spaces on the first floor.
         All  of  Brightline’s  stations  feature  a  cashless,  touchless  environment  with  new   door-to-door mobility service designed to get you to and from your destinations all from
      technologies and markets throughout the stations and on board the trains that will eliminate   the push of a button on the app or website.
      lines and guests congregating–and Boca Raton’s station will be no different.     To bring this station to Boca Raton took a lot of collaboration and community support.
         This is the same elevated first-class service Brightline riders love and includes cold   Mayor Singer was the city’s biggest cheerleader for a future Brightline station. He advocated
      refreshment towels, individual sanitation wipes, a snack basket, complimentary alcoholic   for the expansion to the city and cited all the overwhelming positive and economic benefits
      beverage onboard and at the Premium Lounge. This Premium service will also include   as to why it was needed. Through this effort, Brightline’s Boca Raton station will provide
      AM/PM in-station food snacks and small bites, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, and a   a major boost to the local economy. Approximately 1.8 million visitors annually by 2025
      reduced-priced menu for purchases.                                          will use Brightline to visit Boca Raton, and are projected to contribute up to $10.9 million
         The experience matters. Brightline continues to be a leader in the transportation industry   annually in local spending.
      by maintaining a belief that it’s more than simply getting from point A to B. Even before      Boca businesses will also benefit from an expanded base of prospective employees who
      COVID, the company built an environment that now serves as the baseline for other travel   will be able to commute from nearby communities on the Brightline station route.
      companies. This includes the rollout of its mobility as a service: Brightline+. Guests
      traveling to and from Brightline’s Boca Raton station will benefit from Brightline+, a   Brightline Train Station Opening on page 3
       Boca Celebrates “the City’s Biggest Annual Outdoor Party...”

      Free Festivities Events to Stir                                            Jillian Flaherty Wins “Idol”

      Up “Bowl Fever” for Ninth                                                  Contest, Will Sing National Anthem

      Annual Boca Raton Bowl Game at 2022 Boca Raton Bowl Game

         It’s that time of year again, when Boca Raton will be in the national television spotlight      Before a packed house filled with city and county,
      as the 2022 Boca Raton Bowl takes to the field on Tuesday, December 20th   business and community leaders, finalists’ friends and
      at 7 p.m. at FAU Stadium as ESPN broadcasts the collegiate football competition live.   family and Bowl fans, five semi-finalists took the
         To add to the fun, special free events leading up to game day have been planned for Boca   stage on October 21st in the 2022
      football fans:                                                              Boca Raton Bowl Idol contest presented by The City Boca Raton Bowl Two-Team Pep Rally. Monday, December 19th;   of Boca Raton.
      6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mizner Park Amphitheater, free admission. The public is invited      Jillian Flaherty triumphed after performing live in
      to join in on all the pre-game fun and bring their families, friends and colleagues out to the   two rounds to win the opportunity to sing the National
      open-to-the-public pep rally featuring the 2022 Boca Raton Bowl team   Anthem at the 2022 bowl game that will be played on
      bands, dancers and cheerleaders.                                            Tuesday, December 20th at FAU Stadium. Held at the
                                                                                  Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center, the Idol event
      Free Festivities Events to Stir Up “Bowl Fever” on page 3                   benefited the Bowl’s Charity Partner Spirit of Giving
                                                                                  and its Annual Holiday Gift Drive that brings holiday  City of Boca Raton Deputy Mayor
                                                                                  magic to thousands of children in need.    Andrea O’Rourke presents 2022
                                                                                     Chosen through an open-to-the-public round of  National Anthem
                                                                                  online voting, the five finalists hailed from Boca  Idol Competition trophy to Winner
                                                                                  Raton, Lake Worth, Wellington and Tallahassee. Each  Jillian Flaherty
                                                                                  performed a song of their choice for the live audience
                                                                                  and a combination of audience votes and judges’ selections determined the top three.
                                                                                     The top three then selected to perform the National Anthem in the final round of the
                                                                                  competition were:

                                                                                 Jillian Flaherty Wins “Idol” Contest on page 4
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