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Will the city loan millions to build new public golf course?

Will the city loan all or part of $28 million to start building the new public course in Boca Teeca?

The buyer and local golfers are hopeful. But come up with construction costs is not a foregone conclusion.

Here’s why.

The city sent 22 pages of detailed questions to the buyer, the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District on April 1. They ranged from expected revenues to restrooms and staffing.

That set off some alarm bells. But commissioners answered them all in a public forum on April 23. Then sent them back to the city.

Now city council is expected to go over the details at Monday afternoon’s workshop meeting May 13.

That would help prepare for the joint public meeting 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 28 in the 6500 Congress Ave. building. Also at issue is city approval for Price Fazio’s overall design for the course at 5800 NW Second Ave.

Neither discussion is on Monday’s council workshop agenda. But when the city will close on GL Home’s deal to buy the municipal golf course is on the list.

That timing is crucial. Everyone involved wants to shorten the time between closing the municipal course and opening the new one.

Meanwhile, the district is expected to set its own agenda for the joint meeting. The next district meeting is 5:15 p.m. May 20 in the new community building in the Swim & Racquet Center.

That talk could include a B plan, if the city won’t loan the district all or some of the money again.

The last loan proved controversial. The property cost was disputed by critics.

But last spring the city did loan the district all $20 million to buy the foreclosed, 141.45-acre Ocean Breeze golf course.

The district bought the 72.53 hotel parcel outright with its own revenue. It could generate money if it sells or leases.

Stay tuned.

By Marci Shatzman

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