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Closing gap worries public golf course builders

A year between the city’s municipal course closing and the new public course opening is too long.  That’s the conclusion of Art Koski, who’s overseeing construction of Boca National Club.

The city plans to close the municipal course in West Boca at the end of August. GL Homes is buying the course off Glades Road to develop homes.

But the new public course in Boca Teeca isn’t set to open until September 2020. “We’re going to do whatever we can to close the gap,” Koski told the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District on Monday.

The district will work with the Price Fazio design team it hired. “We’re looking at multiple contractors, but we’re not making any promises,” the team’s Wayne Branthwaite said about bidding the job.  But their hands are tied. They have no control over what the city does, Koski said.

City Manager Leif Ahnell said earlier that delaying the municipal course closing would just cost taxpayers money.

Meanwhile, the district is waiting to confirm a joint meeting. The city will consider fronting a $28 million construction loan.

“We have an issue with the timeline,” district commissioner Robert K. Rollins Jr. concluded. “I had no idea the city would close the municipal course in 2019. I thought it would be deferred.”

“I’m happy things are moving along, but we need signs… Even the name of the golf course,” Howard Chaffee, president of Keep Golf in Boca told commissioners.

Other Boca Teeca residents are asking him what’s going on at the former Ocean Breeze course. “The buildings are all demolished,” he said.

By Marci Shatzman

 

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