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Parts of South Florida, particularly the Greater Boca Raton Metroplex, can be characterized as Beverly Hills Lite mixed with a generous dollop of Nassau County, Long Island.

This is why it came as no surprise when one of Boca's own institutions of higher learning, Florida Atlantic University, announced it was offering valet parking to students so they wouldn't have to traipse across the college parking lots in our punishing humidity and arrive in class with the frizzies. If you can look better by paying more, it's money well spent. That is the Boca Way, as well as the Hippocratic Oath for the plastic surgery industry.

It's also the South Florida way to do as much as you possibly can without leaving your car. If you must leave it, then make sure you minimize the number of steps you take to the greatest degree possible. This may even involve waiting for several minutes, burning fuel and blocking cars behind you, for that perfect spot to open up near the entrance to the fitness center--a place you are ostensibly going to in order to burn calories.

I say ostensibly, because we all know you're really going there to meet people, and you want to look your best when you arrive.

Any entrepreneur who can come up with a way to deliver a needed service to people as they wait in their car with the engine running is bound to succeed in South Florida.

Hence the business model I hereby offer up in my cartoon. I would love to see it become a reality.

Categories: General Topics (188), Local South Florida Issues (187), Medical (50)
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Great art!! Glorious couple. Ahh...Boca.

With indoor shopping malls all becoming non-profitable dinosaurs because, apparently, people don't like to walk to get to the stores, I'm surprised no one has started a drive through mall yet (not counting the one in the Blues Brothers movie). You wouldn't have to worry about parking, you just driver around endlessly in the mall itself rather than the parking lot :-).

People cant get out of their cars cause there too busy texting the person in the passenger seat next to them. Even fitness centers have valet so the morons can go inside and stair step on a machine for twenty minutes uuuunnbelieveable

Chad, been to South Beach or Worth Ave lately? You act like Boca is unique. There are too many places like this in SoFla!


Last time I checked there aren't any universities in South Beach or on Worth Ave. Don't worry. Soon Coral Springs will be jealous and start valeting at the High Schools to stay one step ahead.

If you have nothing else to do with your money, please sponsor my graduate education!

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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