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Boynton Beach celebrates 'National Night Out'

'It's been a great place to have a family,' resident says
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Posted at 11:59 PM, Oct 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-05 23:59:50-04

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Natalia Shelton and her son Jude have called Boynton Beach home for nearly six years.

"It's a great town," she said.

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It was "National Night Out" Tuesday evening and the Boynton Beach Police Department pulled out all the stops. They set up several bounce houses, food trucks, a face painting station and several police vehicles for kids to check out.

"It's important to come out and have them do something. This is a great activity for them to do," Nigel Stafford said.

This is the first time the police department is able to hold this event in two years. COVID-19 and then rain canceled the last two opportunities for "National Night Out" festivities.

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On a brighter note, the department said there's reason to celebrate.

"Our crime rate is the lowest it's been in decades and that's a really good reason to celebrate," Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said.

They also celebrated what they did with the community showing up in numbers.

Shelton said Boynton Beach is a beautiful place to live.

"It's been a great place to have a family," she said.

It was a wonderful time, everyone felt welcomed and the food was delicious.