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Boca Raton Police Department
Dan Alexander(Chief of Police)
100 NW Boca Raton Blvd,
Boca Raton, FL, 33432
(561)338-1234
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The city of Boca Raton, also called "A City for All Seasons" was settled in 1895 and encompasses the following counties: Palm Beach. Boca Raton's government type is Commission-manager. It is comprised of the Mayor, who is currently Susan Whelchel (N).

Boca Raton encompasses land area: 27.2 sq mi (70.4 km2), water area: 1.9 sq mi (5.0 km2). The elevation is 13 ft (4 m) above sea level. This equates to a population density of 2,682.8/sq mi (1,061.7/km2). The local time zone is EST (UTC-5).

Local area codes are 561. The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code for the city is 12-07300, which is used in computer filings when non-government agencies and contractors fulfill government contracts. Additional information and the official website of the city is found at www.ci.boca-raton.fl.us.

Boca Raton ( /ˈboʊkə rəˈtoʊn/) is a city in Palm Beach County, Florida, USA, incorporated in May 1925. In the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 74,764; the 2006 population estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau was 86,396. The Census 2010 count was down slightly, to 84,392. However, the majority of the people under the postal address of Boca Raton, about 200,000 in total, are not actually within Boca Raton's municipal boundaries. As a business center, the city's daytime population increases significantly.

In terms of both population and land area, Boca Raton is the largest city between West Palm Beach and Pompano Beach, Broward County.

'Boca Raton' can be loosely defined as 'Mouth of the Rat' or 'Rat's Mouth' (In Spanish 'boca' is mouth and 'raton' is 'mouse' and sometimes referred as 'rat'). However, in nautical terms the word 'boca' refers to an inlet. The original name 'Boca de Ratones' appeared on eighteenth century maps associated with an inlet in the Biscayne Bay area of Miami. By the beginning of the nineteenth century, the term was mistakenly moved north to its current location on most maps and applied to the inland waterway from the closed inlet north for 8.5 miles (13.7 km), which was called the 'Boca Ratones Lagoon'. The word 'ratones' appears in old Spanish maritime dictionaries referring to 'rugged rocks or stony ground on the bottom of some ports and coastal outlets, where the cables rub against'. Therefore the abridged translation defining 'Boca de Ratones' is 'a shallow inlet of sharp-pointed rocks which scrapes a ship's cables'. The first settler was T. M. Rickards in 1895 who resided in a house made of driftwood on the east side of the East Coast Canal south of what is now the Palmetto Park Road bridge. He surveyed and sold land from the canal to beyond the railroad north of what is now Palmetto Park Road.


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