Council Corner Here’s what Councilman Robert Weinroth has to say about Boca being lazy


By: Councilman Robert Weinroth Special to the Boca newspaper
I’m not sure whether to be offended or view, with pride, the placement of Boca Raton on the top of the list of Cities Where Lazy Folks Can Thrive, according to a survey.
Drilling down into the article, the character of our city and the lifestyle we enjoy appear to contribute to this conclusion seeking the U.S. cities where the work-life balance scale tips toward “life.“
While many of the factors used to generate this list could be deemed „silly“ (e.g., the number of restaurants offering delivery services; the number of day spas and massage therapy centers; the percentage of homes on boasting a hot tub, sauna or steam room as amenities; average hours of sleep; average work hours per week; average cost of a cleaning service; and the number of available on-demand service apps), the wonderful weather and abundant recreational opportunities are clearly the reason why many of us have planted our flags here.
All in all, if picking this lifestyle, where every day we can look out the window and wonder why anyone wouldn‘t want to enjoy this piece of paradise, means we are lazy, so be it. I‘m quite happy to have abandoned my snowplow for my beach chair and umbrella!
Let us let us not forget that last year, Boca Raton was deemed to be the second best place to live in Florida in the 2015 Niche Rankings. In the category of municipalities having a population between 50,000 and 100,000, Boca Raton came in after Sarasota and was listed as 72 in the national rankings, receiving “A” grades in five categories: things to do, EASIEST COMMUTE, health and fitness, weather, and outdoor activities.
Additionally, finance website recently named Boca Raton among the best cities to start a restaurant, taking the top spot in Florida and ranked 27th nationally.
To come up with its results, NerdWallet analyzed 530 American cities for population growth and population density and took into account median income, income growth, restaurant sales per resident and the number of new eateries.
With Boca Raton‘s median annual income growth at 11.8% and its sales in restaurants per resident beating out all but one of the 26 cities preceding it, there’s no question that area residents love their food.
The nation may know Boca Raton superficially as a swanky place to vacation or retire, but as the locals know, it‘s a cultured urban paradise on the beach that’s perfect to call home.