Heavy rain didn’t deter friends and supporters from joining Vince Boccard at the Meet and Greet for his Mayoral campaign in Coral Springs on Monday evening.
The event was held at La Fontana Restaurant where the rain briefly let up at just the right time for the outdoor event.
Currently a Coral Springs City Commissioner, Boccard was first elected to City Commission in 2006 and reelected in 2010. He is a general contractor and co-owner of Boccard Homes and Kessler Construction. Boccard previously served eight years as Vice Mayor and Village Commissioner of El Portal in Miami Dade County. Him and his wife Terry have three children ages 25, 23 and 4.
Boccard isn’t your typical armchair commissioner who shows up at commission meetings. He says he lives, eats and breathes Coral Springs. Just the other day he spent nine hours riding around with a code officer, and on Wednesday he spent almost 3 hours driving around town using the new code enforcement app reporting violations around the city. He says he truly loves the city and believes that it’s at a crossroads where the city needs to reinvest in the looks and the curb appeal of the public spaces.
We’ve lost focus of what brings people here. We’ve been so interested in the financial side of the city that we’ve lost sight of the beauty of the city. The real estate market is going to change and when it does, we need to be ready by having the curb appeal.
Boccard has been a resident of Coral Springs since 1997 and has been involved in the community for years, first as an activist. He participates in the Citizens Emergency Response Team and the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce. He has also founded the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund (named after his sister) with Broward Health and is a founding director of the Florida Breast Cancer Coalition. They provide mammograms for woman without healthcare and have screened 1,000 women in Broward County in which 45 of them were diagnosed with cancer. Every dollar raised goes to towards free mammograms.
He is also the Chairman of the Coral Springs Construction Review Committee, the Coral Springs Youth & Family Committee and the Coral Springs Renewing Together, as well as being the Commission’s liaison to the Architecture Review Committee, the Public Arts Committee and the Coral Springs Sports Commission. He is also a proud sponsor of youth athletics in the community and is the president of the Coral Springs Skateboard Park Committee. In 2008, Boccard founded the Coral Springs Teen Car Club.
Boccard is a 1975 Graduate of the Southeast Criminal Institute Police Academy, and a former reserve Police Officer for the City of Miami Beach. He attended Miami Dade Community College Marine Institute, Studying Ocean Engineering and Marine Biology.
I have a true passion to serve and take this city where it needs to go. I want people to come here to see our city.
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Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs and the rest of South Florida.