Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie announced her victory against opponent Al Zucaro at her election party. There was a burst of cheers and claps at Biergarten in Downtown Boca Raton shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday.
"This was a very challenging race. There are individuals in our city that are concerned about traffic and some of the development, however, a majority of the residents have affirmed the direction that the city is going in and I’m just so honored to be granted a second term," said Mayor Haynie.
Development was a big issue in this campaign. Zucaro appealed to some voters with his criticism of constant construction in Boca.
"We're particularly sensitive to that, given that you know less than half a mile from our home we have Palmetto Promenade, about a mile further up the road there is Hyatt Place," said Ian Macdougall.
Mayor Haynie agrees there are traffic issues.
"The transportation improvements to mitigate the traffic congestion lag behind the development so within the next year we're going to have everything under control," said Mayor Haynie.
Her supporters are thrilled she is serving a second term.
"Businesses are here, money is being brought in, people are working in this town and it's a great place to be," said Morris Robinson, a Boca Raton developer.
Zucaro hopes the mayor will also hear and work with those who don't share her exact vision.
"It's been an incredible experience over the last 6 or 7 weeks cause I got into the race late. I am absolutely in love with my volunteers and the people who have come out to support me," added Zucaro.