Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations (COBWRA)

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Accomplishments Since 1981

 

BCC Proclamation 30 years croppedSince its inception, COBWRA has been a voice for West Boynton residents with developers, elected officials, government agencies, and nearby municipalities. COBWRA’s officers and civic-minded volunteers are committed to continuing the COBWRA legacy of keeping West Boynton the best place to live in Palm Beach County. Here’s what COBWRA has accomplished since 1981 (most recent first).

2013 to today . . .
  • Provided ongoing support for area schools through Box Tops for Education program.
  • Provided ongoing support for The Soup Kitchen through food donations.
  • Suggested “How is My Driving” school bus campaign which was adopted by the School District.
  • Published COBWRA BY THE NUMBERS in cooperation with PBC Property Appraisers Office to identify the level of service we should receive from the County in relation to our tax contribution.
  • Conducted 18-month effort resulting in huge success of our 35th Anniversary Gala.
  • Held Leadership Workshops with County government and Planning & Zoning departments.
  • Provided Hurricane Preparedness programs for members.
  • Advocated for insurance relief for manufactured and mobile homes.
  • Held a day-long Retreat on the Agricultural Reserve policy and published COBWRA’s Proposal for the Future.
  • Grew our membership to over 110 residential associations.
  • Held monthly Safety and Security meetings with Sheriff’s Department.
  • Held a Family Fitness FunDay to involve our family communities.
  • Held multiple evening seminars on CPR, Senior Living, Hospitalization and other health and wellness issues.
  • Updated the COBWRA website to feature community events and opportunities for volunteers.
  • Established effective working partnership with Code Enforcement to identify and clean up problem areas.
  • Supported effort resulting in County ordinance prohibiting panhandling on our streets.
  • Published a comprehensive annual Directory and Guide for our Members.
  • Educated member associations to maximize their participation and advantages through COBWRA.
  • Coordinated flu clinics held at clubhouses of Residential Association members.
  • Offered multiple annual State required courses for HOA Board Certification of Directors.
  • Initiated a continuing partnership with FPL to improve and upgrade service.
  • Continued support for the Office of the Inspector General.
  • Participated in the opening of Lyons Road between Boynton Beach Blvd. and Atlantic Ave.
  • Held COBWRA Appreciation Day at Village Tavern bringing 150 County and State officials and friends and members from 23 communities together.
  • Provided financial support for the Yellow Dot program (Decal on car indicating medical info in glove box).
  • Presented monthly sheriff and fire rescue reports and advice from our first responders.
  • Provided a monthly venue for constituents to interact with Country Officials.
  • Held monthly meetings to study and prioritize issues to take to the legislators in Tallahassee.
  • Worked to oppose voter suppression laws
  • Held annual Know Your Candidates Forums prior to all elections.
  • Initiated proposed legislation to regulate transition of HOA’s from developer control.
  • Supported regulation of charter schools.
  • Supported regulation of electronic device use in school zones.
  • Lobbied Tallahassee on COBWRA’s opposition to any tax or fee on HOA’s.
  • Held annual Legislative Updates by our elected officials.
  • Studied and made recommendations to County on 24 building projects, including charter schools.
  • Established Host Communities Program to accommodate Delegates Meetings of 200 or more people.
  • Secured County sequestration of $500,000 for planning and permitting for the District Park.
  • Committed COBWRA to secure a District Park, Library and Community Center for Western area. 
2000 to 2013. . .
  • Approval for a charter middle and high school in West Boynton when a promised middle school was never built
  • Insisted on signalization and traffic safety features on Military Trail as a condition of approval for the Franklin Academy Charter School
  • From 2002 to 2009 worked toward approval of Bethesda West Hospital by testifying before the Agency on Health Care Administration, testifying at two trials in Tallahassee, and giving depositions to attorneys for Bethesda and other hospitals
  • Opposed Amendment 4 requiring the entire county to vote on every land use changes in the COBWRA area
  • Supported Amendments 5 and 6 fair redistricting for Federal and State elected officials
  • Opening of Park Vista Community High School (COBWRA helped organize a fundraiser that raised $250,000 for the Park Vista “wishlist”)
  • West Boynton Community Park and Community Center
  • Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) Substation #6 on Jog Road
  • Canyon Town Center Traditional Market Place featuring a main street centerpiece, community amphitheater, children’s splash fountain, two lighted soccer fields, richly landscaped and pedestrian-friendly parking lot design, and civic site for future library.
  • Site for Sunset Palms Elementary School on Boynton Beach Blvd.
  • Site for future middle school next to Sunset Palms Elementary School.
  • Site for future 49-acre county park behind Sunset Palms and Canyon Town Center
  • Odyssey Middle School
  • Super Target “Big Box” store design featuring reflecting pool next to Boynton Beach Boulevard, attractively designed building avoiding a “big box” look, attractively landscaped and pedestrian-friendly parking lot. These design criteria are now the minimum required for all new “Big Box” stores in Palm Beach County.
  • Florida State Insurance legislation
  • Proposed Homeowners Defense Act legislation
  • Annual Flu Shot vaccination clinics in community clubhouses
  • New Fire-Rescue stations: #48 on Hypoluxo Road, #44 on Flavor Pict Road, and #47 at Boynton Beach Boulevard and the Turnpike.
  • The site plans and designs for the Shoppes of Woolbright Plaza (Woolbright & Jog) and Whitworth Farms Plaza (Flavor Pict & Hagen Ranch Roads)
  • Green Cay Village for workforce housing
  • COBWRA wrote “white paper” Affordable Housing: Facts and Rumors (2004) and thousands of copies were distributed by the County. This white paper helped people understand the Green Cay Village proposal and how it would serve a need in the community.
  • Green Cay Nature Center
  • Palm Meadows Thoroughbred Horse Training Facility on Lyons Road
  • The Ag Reserve and 150 million dollar bond issue to preserve environmentally sensitive lands and to build parks
  • Traffic control lights on Boynton Beach Blvd. at Palm Isles, Hagen Ranch Rd at Pipers Glen Blvd, and Hagen Ranch and Flavor Pict Roads
  • Connecting Hypoluxo Road with the Turnpike overpass
  • Beautification of median strips in the West Boynton Area
  • Stricter code enforcement surveillance
  • West Boynton Library on Jog Road
  • Design for the Fountains Shopping Center, setting a county standard for exemplary design, landscaping, and architectural design.
  • Worked with developers to ensure the design of upgraded entrances to developments in West Boynton
  • Helped create the ABC Coalition: Alliance of Delray Residential Associations, West Boca Community Council, and COBWRA to have a stronger voice in South Palm Beach County
  • Instrumental in getting the county park on Atlantic Ave., west of Route 441
  • Encouraged FPL to reposition power lines away from homes along Military Trail and to enhance the lighting along the entire Jog Road corridor
1990s. . .
  • In 1998 opposed Annexation of West Boynton by the City of Boynton Beach. Completed a Study of Annexation vs. Incorporation vs. the Status Quo.
  • In 1996 (and 2003 ) completed the Boynton Beach Blvd—Turnpike Interchange Corridor Plan Design criteria and specifications
  • In 1995 the West Boynton Area Community Plan was approved by the City of Boynton Beach and accepted by the PBC Board of County Commissioners. This plan is frequently cited as the best example of a neighborhood plan.  It was revised and updated from 2009  to 2011 to incorporate the design criteria and specifications of the Turnpike Interchange Corridor Plan.
  • In 1991 began work on the West Boynton Area Community Plan in cooperation with the City of Boynton Beach and Palm Beach County Planning, Zoning & Building
1980s. . .
  • In 1987 co-founded the Boynton Beach Boulevard Task Force to plan for the new Boynton Beach Boulevard Turnpike Exchange
  • In 1985 convinced the County Commission to collect impact fees from developers instead of requiring them to build roads, schools, and infrastructure.
  • In 1983 COBWRA defeated a proposed porno theater in the K-Mart Shopping Center on the NW corner of Boynton Beach Boulevard and Military Trail
  • In 1982 COBWRA convinced the Board of County Commissioners to abandon plans for moving Palm Beach International Airport to the NE corner of Boynton Beach Boulevard and SR7/US441. This is now the site of Bethesda West Hospital.
  • Defeated a rezoning application to allow a cluster of retail stores at the corner of Boynton Beach Boulevard and Lawrence Road
  • Defeated a rezoning petition to allow a 3-acre commercial dog kennel on Military Trail next to the entrance of Le Chalet
  • Defeated a proposal for a 38-acre shopping center on the SW corner of Military Trail and Woolbright Road
  • Launched a successful campaign to pressure State Legislators to withdraw a bill that would permit cities in South County to annex areas not contiguous to existing city boundaries
  • Forced the County to complete road improvements and new traffic lights on Old Boynton Road and Military Trail before allowing the Boynton Trails Shopping Center to open
  • Worked with South Florida Water Management District to solve the flooding problems in the Bent Tree communities
Projects COBWRA Helped to Defeat or Mitigate
  • Commercial buildings in the Ag Reserve
  • Lands swap proposed by GL Homes to swap 5,000 acres in Indian Trails, north of the Acreage, for 900 acres of West Boynton AG Reserve land
  • The Florida Bullet Train
  • The Home Depots proposed opposite the Fountains Shopping Plaza and on Military Trail at Hypoluxo
  • Chrysler auto dealership on Boynton Beach Blvd. where Super Target is now located
  • Super Walmart on the NE corner of Military Trail and Hypoluxo
  • Gas station at corner of NE corner of Woolbright & Jog Roads
  • Opposed fertilizer and pesticide sales business next to the entrance to Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
  • Renting the land for the planned Canyon Town Center Park for seven years

 

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