‘Slingshot right turn’ at Federal & Mizner to be eliminated


By: Diane Emeott Korzen Contributing Writer

The so-called ‘slingshot’ right-hand turn on northbound Federal Highway at eastbound Mizner Boulevard in Boca Raton is about to undergo a transformation to become more pedestrian-friendly.

Due to safety concerns for pedestrians and bicyclists trying to cross the street between CVS at 520 Federal Hwy. and busy Royal Palm Place with its international restaurants and shops– a perpendicular right-hand turn is to be put in there, with a traffic light.

The Community Redevelopment Agency board approved the change at a recent meeting.

The decision needed approved from Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT) because Federal Highway is a state road.

City of Boca Communications & Marketing Manager Chrissy Gibson said the project should start in June and will take several months to complete.

“We are waiting on the signal mast arm,” she said.

The city began looking into changing the design of the current free-flow traffic lane several years ago. An evaluation of the intersection was requested in July 2017.

In May 2018, FDOT analyzed the intersection and submitted a Road Safety Audit. Kimley-Horne & Associates, Inc. prepared a Traffic Impact Report.

A second left-turn lane is now to be added to the east approach, a right-turn lane to the south approach, and a left-turn lane to the west approach as part of the amendment.

Rowing classes offered at Boca Resort

Guests and members at the Boca Raton Resort & Club can now take rowing classes on the Hydrow.

Hydrow is a simulated on-water rowing workout led by world-class athletes, streamed live and on-demand from scenic waterways around the world.

Guests will be able to take instructor-guided Hydrow classes twice a day on property, blending live, in-person instruction with Live Outdoor Reality Classes.

In addition to Hydrow, the resort offers other fitness alternatives through its artists-in-resident program including a residency with Orangetheory Fitness, stand up paddle boarding with Paddle Divas, yoga with Karma Vibes, and more.

Hab Center receives $50,000 grant

The Hab Center in Boca Raton recently received a $50,000 grant from the Quantum Foundation.

Grant money will be used to fund health access, awareness and education programming.

The Habilitation Center’s mission is to equip adults with special needs with knowledge, skills and behavior needed to lead useful and productive lives with dignity, respect and independence.