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What’s taking so long for work to start on Boca’s public golf course

What’s holding up progress on Boca’s new public golf course in city limits?

Turns out that three major obstacles stand in the way of construction starting on Boca National Golf Club. The former Ocean Breeze course is at 5800 NW Second Ave. in Boca Teeca.

There’s a squatter in a maintenance building that was earmarked for demolition. Two communities want their names added on entrance signs.

And the city just sent 17 questions golf course designers Price Fazio will answer before a joint meeting can be set. The city still has to approve loaning construction money to the property owner, the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District.

There’s permission to file a lawsuit in the squatter case. But “the defendant has the right to be heard,” district lawyer Samuel S. Goren told commissioners.

Once that happens, the district will have to engage a new demolition company or make it part of construction costs, the district decided.

Keep Golf in Boca president Howard Chaffee said a survey of residents found 86 percent want Boca Teeca on an entrance sign. Golf course designers met with San Remo residents who want their name on a sign on the western entrance.

Neighbors may have an interest, but the property owner has legal naming rights, Goren told commissioners. The sign issues need to be aired in a public forum at a later meeting, chairwoman Susan Vogelgesang said.

“I want to hear them out,” Commissioner Craig Ehrnst agreed.

The city’s questionnaire included issues like who would light the tunnel. A tunnel will connect the two sides of the course under Second Avenue.

“I’m happy to have our team put together a response,” said Wayne Braithwaite for the Price Fazio team.

The district is still hoping for an April 22 joint meeting. “We all would like the sooner the better,” Vogelgesang said.

By Marci Shatzman

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