At a time when most developers were converting land use from single family homes to multi-story apartments, national developer, Bernard Greenbaum offered a different approach for what he was to name Boca Ciega Point.
In 1969 ground was broken and readied for a “new concept” on Florida’s unspoiled West Coast. One-story patio homes were planned with a garage and waterfront access, all the advantages and privacy of a private home and at the same time all the amenities and advantages of Condominium living. This new condo concept soon attracted buyers, mostly from the mid-west to escape their harsh winters and falling temperatures.
His vision included a wide landscaped entrance plaza, flanked by two ornamental fountains, a serpentine brick wall surrounding the entire complex to maintain privacy, an entrance gate with a guard house offering 24/7 security. Bernard’s concept coupled with Robert Greenbaum’s design were so new and innovative, the condos were sold from a site map before they were built.
Greenbaum’s shrewd business acumen is evident in his business model. As each phase was completed he set up a self-governing Association. As one phase of development was completed and sold he went on to the next eventually completing a total of 19 Associations.
Each Association elected two trustees and from this pool, six were elected to a Federation Board, who in conjunction with an on-site manager adheres to the Condominium Guidelines and Documents to conduct business.
The recreation facilities were a separate corporation with specific guidelines, rented by the unit owners and maintained by the Federation. It remains that way today.
Today, Boca Ciega Point is a 55+ Boating Community enjoying the wonders of the Bay and the uniqueness of Boca as it is affectionately called. Boca is one of the best kept secrets in Pinellas county fostering “the camaraderie of community” relished by residents in sunshine and harmony.
(Aimee Gallucci 2018)