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Who will build Boca’s new public golf course still ping ponging

The fate of the new public golf course is more like a ping-pong game this week.

The ball is between two players, and the question is who will win?

The city and park district each want to finance building Boca Nation Golf Course in Boca Teeca. On Monday, there was some movement.

Council vowed to stick with their plan to find a cheaper designer and start from scratch.

With a Price Fazio design not approved, the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District voted to hear them out. But they’ll also pursue private financing to help pay for the build. The district decided against raising its tax rate to generate more revenue.

The next time the golf course subject will come up is the Nov. 12 joint meeting.

Council stuck to its consensus. “I’m ready to do all of it,” Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers said at Monday’s workshop.

“Eighteen holes or all. I promise it won’t be a putt-putt,” agreed Councilwoman Andrea Levine O’Rourke.

The district had a lengthier discussion at their Monday evening meeting. They all want to do the build, too, they agreed. But Commissioner Steve Engel was realistic. “I think we’re wasting our time,” he said.

“We have to go into this with an open mind. Let them tell us how they’ll do it,” said Commissioner Craig Ehrnst.

“We have to do what helps move everything along,” Engel agreed.

But later, two other commissioners voted against the conciliatory reach-out.

By Marci Shatzman

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