Meet Your Mayoral Candidate: Al Zucaro

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you are running for Mayor?

I am a 36-year resident of Palm Beach County and a 10-year resident of Boca Raton.

I graduated from Fordham University, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. I received a Juris Doctorate, Law Degree, from Nova Southeastern University College of Law. And, I am a member in good standing with the Florida Bar, practicing in the area of Immigration Law for the majority of my career.

Currently, I am a Member-Manager of Palm Beach Investment and Finance, LLC, a USCIS approved regional center identifying foreign investments leading to permanent resident status.

I previously served as a West Palm Beach City Commissioner from 1995 to 2002 and as the President of the City Commission from 2000 to 2001.

I have also been a member of and/or served on numerous boards including, the PBC Planning and Zoning Board, the PBC Office of Economic Development, the PBC Convention and Visitors Bureau, the PBC Film and Television Commission, Workforce Alliance, the Palm Beach International Film Festival and the Economic Council of PBC.

I am also the Founder of the World Trade Center Palm Beach, an organization that focuses on international economic development.

And, for the past six years, I have been the Publisher of BocaWatch.

I am married to Yvonne Boice. We are avid world travelers having visited 6 continents and dozens of countries since 2009.

  1. What are the top three issues you want to address in the city if elected?

I am running for mayor on a platform of open and transparent government including:

1.Convening a Charter Review Commission to look at making structural changes to the city’s charter like creating an Internal Auditor position with powers to investigate the activities of the City Manager and City Attorney. Such a position may have avoided the public corruption scandal the city is now facing. Another possible change is the creation of a district residency map where council members would be required to live within the district they represent but stand for election citywide – ensuring representation from every area of the city.

  1. Economic Development… actively engage with business interests to identify cultural and directional messaging designed to attract business relocation into Boca’s downtown, a downtown that is beginning to demonstrate a significant downturn. Attracting new businesses doesn’t mean building more buildings.

Engage in marketing the city nationally and internationally as a destination separate and apart from other locations in southeast Florida like Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach – a unique, relaxed location where business and residents are effectively balanced; where growth and development are smart and sustainable.

  1. Start planning for the replacement of top management as many top-level personnel are either in the drop program or approaching retirement. This institutional knowledge drain is perhaps the most challenging item for future elected officials in the next few years.
  2. What do you see as Boca’s biggest challenge? What do you see as Boca’s biggest opportunity?

Boca Raton’s biggest challenge is to change the city’s management culture to better engage with the residents.

Boca Raton’s greatest opportunity is to crystalize a vision attractive to young and old alike, unique to its geographic surroundings, and complete with “World Class” aspirations.