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Going, going, gone as demolition starts on new public golf course

The clubhouse roof was the first go, as teardowns start on the old Ocean Breeze golf course.

The whole clubhouse will come down this week on that site in the Boca Teeca neighborhood. “The recreation building across the street is next and then we’ll move to the hotel,” said Mike Fichera, construction consultant for the buyer.

The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District bought the formerly private course with a city loan. All the buildings will be razed, now that the city approved the permits.

“We’re happy to see the demolition,” Boca Teeca resident Robert DuKate said at the district’s Nov. 5 open meeting.

The district chose Price Fazio to completely redo the newly named Boca National Golf Club. The course will be public when it opens and could include a golf school.

The timeline is expected to be closer to 2020 than 2019, it was revealed at the district’s meeting.

“There is a sense of urgency about the financing,” district chairman Robert K. Rollins said about renovation costs.

The city won’t meet with the district on costs, “until we have firm prices,” he said.

Meanwhile, the district revised its budget to accommodate the funds needed for the architect and demolition services.

Commissioners also temporarily approved funds for an appraisal of whether a hotel would be worth doing. The district bought the hotel site outright with its own property tax revenues.

By Marci Shatzman

 

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