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Breaking news: City could delay municipal golf course closing

The city could delay closing the sale of the municipal golf course until the new public course opens.

That possibility was raised Tuesday in an update on the new Boca National Golf Club in Boca Teeca. “The city will request a one-year extension of the sale,” Art Koski told the Greater Beach & Park District. The district bought the closed Ocean Breeze course to redesign it for public use. Meanwhile, GL Homes’ bought the city’s 188-plus acre course off Glades Road in West Boca in November 2017. The deal was due to be sealed in May. The course is still open for play.

“There have been some preliminary discussions about delaying the closing to allow continuity of golf in Boca,” GL Homes’ Larry Portnoy told Boca Voice.

“It’s possible that the City Council will direct staff to change the closing to October 2020.  It has not been discussed at the City Council level as of yet.”

Keep Golf in Boca supported the sale and continues to weigh in on decisions. The only other public course in city limits is the nine-hole at Red Reef Park.

The district expects to put Boca National Golf Club out to bid in April. Construction of the course is expected to start in late April or May. “The design is 70 to 80 percent complete,” Koski said about Price Fazio’s work as the design team. The city is waiting for construction costs and the timeline. It could loan the district money, as it did for the purchase. Koski said he’s also meeting with the city about a tunnel that will allow golf carts to cross underneath Second Avenue. The 18-hole course will be a par 72. “We’re examining lighting for the short course and driving range,” Koski said.

The Beach & Park District has changed leadership. Koski is the former executive director. He has stayed on as Boca National Golf Club construction/project manager. Briann Harms, former associate director, is the new interim director. The district’s new chair is commissioner Susan Vogelgesang. Former chairman Robert K. Rollins Jr. is still on the board.

By Marci Shatzman

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