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A great place to live

Referred to as the “Beverley Hills of South Florida’ many consider Boca Raton one of Florida’s best cities to live in. With no federal taxes to worry about, Boca Raton is home to some of the wealthiest people in the United States.

According to Forbes three of the ten most expensive gated communities in the US are right here in Boca Raton. The city has a real small-town feel, brought about by strict ordinances that limit the size of commercial buildings, signs and advertisements.

Plenty of outdoor facilities

Boca Raton is a great place to enjoy the pleasures of the outdoors and with a beach always on the horizon water sports abound. The beaches are unspoiled with little sign of commercialization. Sailing, boating and cruising are great ways to see the scenic beauty of the area.

High-quality sporting facilities include golf courses and tennis clubs. The city is full of lovely parks where people can dwindle away the long hot hours of the day. Little wonder Boca Raton is a popular retirement destination.

Sunny skies

If you dream of sunny skies and sandy beaches Boca Raton is bound to catch your attention. On average you can expect the sun to shine on 231 days of the year in this city This against a national average of 205 sunny days.

It never snows in Boca Raton since the temperatures in mid-winter reach a low of just 58 degrees Fahrenheit, so here you’ll never have to shovel snow or crack the ice off your windscreen. By contrast, in the summer the temperatures reach a high of 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Not unbearably warm unless you factor in the humidity which can reach very uncomfortable levels.

All in all, the weather in Boca Raton is considerably more pleasant than almost anywhere else in the US. Measured on the Sperling’s comfort index Bota Raton achieves a score of 89 against an average of 54 in the rest of the country. The higher the comfort index (up to 100) the more comfortable the climatic conditions.

More rain than the national average

Boca Raton does, however, receive a lot more rain than the national average of 39 inches per year. Here you can expect to receive 56 inches of rain every year. About 70% of the rain in the area falls between May and October.

The area has in recent years seen a fair amount of flooding and homeowners should be prepared for such disasters. In June last year, the residents of Boca Raton saw flooding the scale of which they had not seen in years when six to eight inches of rain bucketed down in some areas. This follows flooding in May. The area was flooded again in August and Hurricane Irma struck in September.

Hurricanes in this part of the world pose an annual threat to the properties of those who choose to live here.

A city of canals

This is a city of canals with more than twenty running through Boca Raton and West Boca. This creates miles of water that the city has to manage and maintain. There are water control systems in place but sometimes the best of plans go awry.

Debris can float down the canals and block the bridges and gates that are in place. This can cause localized flooding. The local authorities have crews that scour the area daily to remove debris. Blockages are removed as soon as the waters subside.

There are also several lakes in the area that are part of the city’s runoff system and form an important aspect of the area’s flood management system. New building regulations require builders to include runoff ponds in their developments, but this is not so with the older buildings. There are strict city regulations that govern the opening of these ponds during storms.

The authorities have a year-round flood management plans that include phased tree removal and removal of housing improvements that fall within the city’s right of way.

Residents who wish to install docks on the canals must apply for permission to do so and will have them removed if they pose a risk to the waterways.

The city’s storm management teams get into action every year before the hurricane season starts in June.

An enviable lifestyle threatened by floods

Boca Raton offers the citizens that live here an enviable lifestyle. The downside is the constant threat of flooding that comes from living so close to the water in a verdant area with plenty of rain.