The city has offered to take over at least half of the new public golf course.
The offer was not unexpected. It could resolve an impasse between the city and the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District over the design and cost of building Boca National Golf Club.
City council wouldn’t approve the design by the district’s chosen Price Fazio team. It also wouldn’t agree to pay $20 million for the build.
Council heard design and cost alternatives on Aug. 27. The city sent the district a detailed offer in a letter dated Aug. 28.
The district could consider the offer as early as Sept. 11. That’s the first public hearing on a proposed higher tax rate. It would be needed to generate enough revenue to build the course and fund other district projects.
The district is bound by Florida’s Sunshine Law and has to discuss the matter in a public forum. The storm canceled their Sept. 3 meeting.
“The city proposes to program, design and build and operate an 18-hole golf course on the [former] Ocean Breeze property on the west side of NW 2nd Avenue, including a clubhouse, driving range, maintenance facility and complementary amenities,” said the letter signed by City Manager Leif Ahnell.
“As an additional option, the city is willing to consider undertaking programming, design, construction and operation of amenities on the east side of NW 2ndAvenue as well.”
The letter proposed a joint meeting as soon as possible. “Details would need to be worked out…” afterward, the letter said.
The district paid $24 million for the former Ocean Breeze Golf & Country Club in Boca Teeca. It’s now repaying a city loan for the property.
The district bought a former hotel parcel outright and has discussed selling or leasing it for additional revenue.
Plans to shutter the city’s municipal golf course off Glades Road in western Boca were put on hold. GL Homes agreed not to close on their sale for at least another year in a resolution approved by council last week.
By Marci Shatzman