BOCA RATON, Fla. - While the first big event of the presidential election season is going on in the cold of Iowa, preparation is already underway for the last big pre-election event at Lynn University in Boca Raton.
A handful of trees are coming down at the east entrance off Military Trail to make more room. The road on campus will be widened to five lanes, and a traffic light will be installed. It's all to satisfy growing enrollment, safety concerns, and get ready for the presidential debate in October.
"We had this all planned before the debate and now we hope to have it finished in time for the debate," said Lynn University President Kevin Ross.
School staff are busy drumming up donations to pay for the $4.5 million dollar event, which will draw attention to Lynn and Boca Raton.
"We're excited to be at the center of the political universe, particularly just before the election," said Ross.
Meanwhile, crews are wrapping up construction on Remembrance Plaza, the memorial built in honor of the Lynn students killed in an earthquake in Haiti two years ago. It will be unveiled in the spring.
"We'll be telling the story of the journey of hope. We want everyone who comes here to know who they were and what they were doing there," said Ross.
Ongoing projects include energy conservation, planting trees, and designing new buildings on campus. Ross says preparing for the debate will be the biggest challenge. He and other staff have already visited Washington D.C. for some insight on what to expect.
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