Boca magazine July/August 2021

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60 THE CITY

Giana Pacinelli

Chrissy Gibson

Daniel Hostettler

Andrea Virgin

Katrina Carter-Tellison

AARON BRISTOL

CHIP RIEGEL

BEST NEW R&R Boca’s newest (completed) park was well worth the wait— even if it’s been 30 years since it was first promised. The waterfront Hillsboro El Rio Park South, just west of 18th Street and Dixie Highway, features tennis, volleyball, pickleball and basketball courts, along with pavilions, a playground, and a canoe/kayak launch into the El Rio canal. A much-needed addition to Boca’s growing list of spaces for outdoor activities, the park has been a hit with kids and adults alike, and continues the beautification—and growth—of Boca’s southeast residential region.

PEOPLE TO WATCH El Rio Park

2021 PATIENCE AWARD To anyone who perseveres through the Glades/I-95 interchange work starting as we speak. Even though we can’t wait for the new I-95 interchange at Glades Road to alleviate some of the area’s notoriously brutal traffic, we’re dreading the construction phase—which is slated to last up to two full years.

c MSD Partners announces that veteran hospitality executive Daniel Hostettler is the next president of the Boca Raton Resort & Club. President and group managing director of Ocean House Management Collection, in charge of four properties in Rhode Island and another in Lenox, Mass., for the past 12 years, Hostettler is also American president of Relais & Châteaux, the luxury hotel chain.“This opportunity will be the capstone of my career,” he said. The community is anxious to meet him, and welcomes a new era at the grand old resort. c Giana Pacinelli, marketing director, Crocker Partners, is bringing the community together through innovative events and outreach at BRIC. c Chrissy Gibson is promoted from Communications Director at the City of Boca Raton to Assistant City Manager. Cool under pressure, dedicated and highly

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intelligent, Gibson, with the city since 2010, brought fresh air to City Hall six years ago (after leaving the Amphitheater)—and we’re glad she’s moving up the ladder. c Andrea Virgin, a Boca Raton native and graduate of Boca Ballet Theatre and the Harid Conservatory who went on to dance professionally with the Houston Ballet, started her own planning and engineering-services company, Virgin Design, in 2018. Now, she’s channeling both of these vocations as president of the Boca Raton Center for the Arts & Innovation, and is the public face behind efforts to build a new arts space in Mizner Park. c Dr. Katrina Carter-Tellison, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Lynn University, was recently named to the YMCA’s board of trustees and is an upand-coming force.

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