Boat parade back in Boca Raton and looking for boaters
By Patty Pensa | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
December 1, 2008
Last year, disappointed boaters followed the normal route of Boca Raton Click here for restaurant inspection reports’s annual boat parade only to find there was no parade after all.
Budget cuts in 2007 caused the first blackout in more than three decades of the holiday tradition. Now with private backing, the parade is making a comeback, scheduled for Dec. 20 along the Intracoastal Waterway. Summit Brokerage Services, a Boca Raton financial services company, is the parade’s lead sponsor with a more than $15,000 offering.
“I was thrilled to support it,” said Marshall Leeds, the company’s chief executive officer, who has watched the parade for 15 years and will be in it with his 70-foot yacht for the first time.
The parade was cut last year in late November about 2 ½ weeks before its scheduled date. When Leeds called the city to try to save the parade, it was too late. The city in 2007 cut special events and programs, laid off 45 employees and eliminated 142 part- and full-time positions because of state-mandated budget cuts.
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