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Boca Raton is a city located in Palm Beach County, Florida. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 74,764. The city of Boca Raton was incorporated in May of 1925.

Boca Raton geography

Boca Raton is located at 26°22'7" North, 80°6'0" West (26.368699, -80.100077). Boca Raton is the southernmost town in Palm Beach County. It is on the East coast between Delray Beach to the north and Deerfield Beach, in Broward County, to the south.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 75.4 km² (29.1 mi²). 70.4 km² (27.2 mi²) of it is land and 5.0 km² (1.9 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 6.63% water.

Boca Raton history

The name "Boca Raton" predates the city, and was given to the cove where the city stands by Spanish settlers. "Boca Raton" literally translates from Spanish as "mouth of the rat", but was an idiom meaning "pirate's cove".

The town's early history was as the site of Addison Mizner's Boca Raton Hotel, its most prominent building. The "pink hotel" today is visible from miles away as a towering building on the Intracoastal Waterway. The Pearl City neighborhood of Boca Raton was established to originally house the service personnel for the hotel. Japanese farmers converted the land west of the city into pineapple plantations about 1905. During World War II much of their land was confiscated and used as the site of a major training facility for B-29 bomber crews. The airbase was later donated to become the grounds of Florida Atlantic University, many of whose parking lots are former runways of the airbase.

In the 1970s Boca Raton became home to a special subdivision of IBM which was responsible in 1981 for designing the first IBM PC. IBM relocated their manufacturing facilities for the PC to North Carolina and eventually closed down and sold their Blue Lake facility to other tenants.

Boca Raton became famous for passing a town ordinance banning the further develoment of multi-family housing within the city limits and for special zoning that limits the size and types of commercial buildings and advertisement signs which may be erected within the city limits. There are no traditional car dealerships in Boca Raton because of these limits on roadside use, but a luxury car dealer did showcase a few cars inside a roadside building. Corporations such as McDonalds had to redesign their classic "golden arches" restaurant to conform to Boca Raton's sign zoning restrictions. The effects can be and in the subdued roadside advertising.

In the 1990s a new downtown shopping center, Mizner Park, was built which has become a cultural center for the city. Featuring a landscaped central park between two cobblestone paved roads with stores only on the outside of the roads, Mizner Park resembles a turn-of-the-century town more than a shopping center. It features many fine restaurants and is home to the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

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