In 2009 Annual Conference, Fun Stuff

FPRA’s 71st Annual Conference will take place Aug. 9-12 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Fla. The hotel has a rich and colorful history. Among the highlights:

1926 – On February 6, 1926, the Ritz-Carlton Cloister Inn opens as the most expensive 100-room hotel of its day. The hotel was built at a cost of $1.25 million.

1940 – The U.S. Army used the club as barracks during World War II. Touted by officials as “the most elegant barracks in history,” it housed soldiers during the Boca Raton Army Air Field’s operation.

1969 – Opening the Boca Raton Club Tower in 1969, the building is still considerably taller than any other building in southern Palm Beach County.

Boca Raton is named after the Spanish phrase “boca de ratones,” meaning “rat’s mouth,” a term used by seamen to describe a hidden rock that a ship cable might rub against.

According to Forbes, Boca Raton has three of the ten most expensive gated communities in the U.S. The Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club holds the #1 spot, The Sanctuary takes #6, and Le Lac takes the #8 spot.

According to MessageLabs (an email security vendor), Boca Raton is the “spam capital of the world”, being the source of a surprisingly high fraction of all e-mail spam generated worldwide, which is not surprising given the area’s appeal, the personal fortunes of typical spammers, and the area’s notorious past as a favorite of organized crime.

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