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$5 million set for new golf course but site getting dumped on

Will there be enough money to build the new public golf course? Once the city sells the western course and the only 18-holer, will there be a golf time gap leaving players without a public course?

“We would look pretty foolish if we backed out of the golf course,” commissioner Bob Rollins said before the unanimous vote to set aside $5 million by the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District. The district owns half the property at the old Ocean Breeze renamed Boca National Golf Course.

The district and the city stopped squabbling over who would pay for the build. The district won out. But months have elapsed with the city not approving the now minimized Price Fazio design. That appears to be in the offing now, according to the district’s discussion at their virtual meeting Monday. Approval would mean the district can put the build out to bid.

But there’s still a problem. The site is being used to discard unwanted stuff, and a fence the district erected is now down. “We’re having some issues at the golf course becoming somewhat of a dumping ground. I want to put a no dumping sign with a number to call to report it and companies to haul trash off,’’ said the district’s executive director Briann Harms.

The district put aside money for that purpose and a letter will go out to homeowner associations in the neighborhood. “We want to make sure the public knows we’re addressing it and trying to deter as much as we can,” Harms said.

By Marci Shatzman

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