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Boca Raton History

The known "Boca Raton" precedes the city, and was given to the cove where the city stands by Spanish settlers. "Boca Raton" virtually translates from Spanish as "mouth of the mouse", but was an idiom meaning "pirate's cove".

Boca Raton, twenty miles north of Fort Lauderdale, is important for its abundance of Mediterranean Revival architecture, a style prevalent here during the 1920s and kept alive in the downtown area by strict building codes. New structures must contain arched entranceways, fake bell towers and red-tiled roofs whenever likely ensuring a consistent and distinctive "looks." It all goes back to Addison Mizner , the "Aladdin of architects", who swept in to Boca Raton on the tide of the Florida property boom and bought up 1600 acres of farmland. Vision of Mizner of gondola-filled canals, luxury hotels and even a beautiful cathedral never came to fruition, but the few buildings he completed left an indelible mark. In its legendary confines at Mizner Park, off US-1 between Palmetto Park Road and Glades Road, the open-air plaza is adorned with palm trees and waterfalls. The park is also place to the International Museum of Cartoon Art, 201 Plaza Real, worth a stop for its costly collection of political cartoons and comic strip exhibits. The collection possesses an interactive area geared toward kids.

Boca Raton is a city situated in Palm Beach County, Florida. According to 2000 census, the city possessed a total population of 74,764. The city of Boca Raton was incorporated in May of 1925. Also According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 75.4 km (29.1 mi). 70.4 km (27.2 mi) of it is land and 5.0 km (1.9 mi) of it is water. The total area is 6.63% water.

There are 74,764 persons, 31,848 households, and 20,000 families living in the city. The population density is 1,061.7/km (2,749.8/mi). The racial makeup of the city is 90.75% White, 3.76% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 1.99% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.39% from other races, and 1.90% from two or more races. 8.51% of the population is Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Boca Raton is situated at 2622'7" North, 806'0" West. Boca Raton is the southernmost town in Palm Beach County. It is on the East coast among Delray Beach to the north and Deerfield Beach, in Broward County, to the south.

Boca Raton was also the place of the first anthrax attack in the U.S when two employees at the American Media Corporation building in Boca Raton got ill. Bob Stevens, photo editor of the Sun newspaper, Bob Stevens pass away of inhalation anthrax while Ernesto Blanco, a 73-year old mail room employee, recovered. The American Media Corporation resettled and their building was abandoned and behind a chain-link fence for 3 years until in summer 2004 it got the last building in the U.S to be cleanse of anthrax spores using chlorine dioxide gas. See Timeline of the 2001 anthrax attacks in Florida.

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