Top 10 Boca Magazine Blogs of 2019

We’re proud of all of the work that our talented team of writers bring to you on bocamag.com day in and day out, but it’s hard not to play favorites. As the year comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite online-only pieces of 2019, presented here in chronological order.

One Year Later: Communities Pay Tribute to Lives Lost at MSD

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Photo by Christiana Lilly)

On the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, individuals and institutions from South Florida and beyond paid their respects to the 17 lives that were lost on that tragic day.

A Tour of the New, and Breathtaking, Norton Museum of Art

Arts & Entertainment editor John Thomason was as giddy as a kid at Disney World upon his first visit to the remodeled Norton Museum of Art. In this blog, he covers his first impressions of the new-look Norton, and shares tips for how best to enjoy the reinvigorated museum upon your first visit.

Boca Resort To Be Sold!

Boca Raton Resort & Club

One of the biggest stories of the year in Boca was the sale of the city’s most well-known (and most pink!) institution, when the Boca Raton Resort & Club was purchased by Michael Dell of Dell Computers.

Rick’s Place: The Sail Inn to Change Hands After 30 Years

Rick Jankee

As Rick Jankee prepared to pass the torch after 30 years at the helm of The Sail Inn, Boca magazine editor-in-chief Marie Speed shared a touching tribute and farewell to the owner of one of Delray Beach’s most beloved haunts.

Where to Donate and Help the Bahamas After Hurricane Dorian

One of our favorite blogs from 2019 was also one of our most important– thousands of readers flocked to this guide to support relief efforts in the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

Chef Eric Baker Buys Rebel House

Chef Eric Baker, in his Max’s Harvest days (Photo by Aaron Bristol)

There’s nothing we love more than keeping you in the know about the most important happenings in the dining world, and Food Editor Lynn Kalber has it covered. One of the biggest Boca dining stories of the year was the purchase of local favorite Rebel House by esteemed Chef Eric Baker.

Harrowing Photography Exhibit Revisits the Moment, and Impact, of the MSD Shooting

Ian Witlen preparing the exhibition

Ian Witlen, a photographer with copious national credits, is also a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, so this project literally hit close to home. Over the course of a year, he interviewed more than 75 students and teachers who were at the school on Feb. 14, 2018, posing two questions: “What was your experience that day?” and “What would you like to see come out of it?” He photographed them in a studio setting while they answered.

Sunday Dinner For Our Dorian Guests

bahamian dinner
Driftwood chef Jimmy Everett, second from left, and Sandy Collier, third from right, teamed up with other angels to make dinner for 140 Bahamians.

In one of our favorite feel-good stories of the year, Sandy Collier and Chef Jimmy Everett teamed up with a few other angels to host 140 displaced Bahamians for Sunday dinner in the aftermath of the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Dorian.

Five Great Florida Podcasts to Add to Your List

Gregg Weiner

If you have any doubt that podcasts are the new radio, the latest data indicate that there are more than 700,000 podcasts on the Internet offering a collective 29 million episodes. That’s a mighty forest of audio, with most of its trees falling unnoticed by most people. As a service to eager ears looking for something new—and local—we sought out the funniest, grisliest, most important and most outrageous Florida-based podcasts for your listening pleasure.

City Watch 2019 in Review, and Questions for 2020

City Watch columnist Randy Schultz is the voice of the best source of local news for Boca and Delray residents, and does such great work each week that it’s nearly impossible to pick a single favorite. That’s why we’re cheating a bit and going with his final column of 2019– the City Watch Year in Review, which collects all of the year’s most important Boca stories (yes, including Brightline) in one place.