Boca Raton became a real municipality in 1925 when the Old Floresta neighborhood was created. It was Addison Mizner who that year brought together the fortunes of Palm Beach Island to develop the area. But in 1927, after the hurricane, his company and his dreams were ruined.
Where did the Name Boca Raton Come From?
The story of the city’s name, “The Mouse’s Mouth” is pretty funny. The Spaniards had originally named a lake in the Bay of Biscayne. But a map having been poorly reproduced, the mention of this lake ended up 80km further north. That’s how this place became the Mouse’s Mouth. But it was only towards the end of the 19th century that the first adventurers began to penetrate and settle in Boca Raton.
The Evolution of the City of Boca Raton
By channeling the Everglades swamps, the city gradually expanded westward. A large number of gated communities, closed suburban communities, and often of very high standing were created. Gradually, Miami’s urban area spread over the county. It soon encompassed Boca Raton and allowed it to benefit from its trains and highways. Economically, tourism is an important industry, as it is in all of Florida. IBM once had an important base in the city. The old building still houses the office where Bill Gates signed his contract to equip IBM computers with his MS-DOS operating system.
Today, besides the famous Florida Atlantic University, it is the headquarters of the Office Depot company. It is the city’s largest employer. Among the most notable inhabitants of “Boca” are the singer Ariana Grande or the tennis champion Chris Evert.
Beaches of Boca Raton
The beaches of Boca Raton are on a barrier island. They are rather appreciated. In particular at South Beach Park or on a little more isolated Spanish River and Red Reef. But the parking is more expensive for this last beach. The reef which is on the beach of Red Reef is artificial. It attracts families with children who come there to do easy snorkeling and to see the fish of all colors around the reef. At Red Reef there is also a footbridge path over the dune in the mangrove, it is really the most pleasant beach.