Boca residents pushing for golf to stay in the city received good news from the Greater Boca Beach & Park District this week.
The taxing district board offered to buy the currently closed Ocean Breeze Golf Club. Its offer: $24 million for the course located in the Boca Teeca neighborhood. The property is owned by developer Lennar Homes.
City council members supported the effort brought forward by the district during their meeting the next day.
City officials have been discussing a possible land swap with Lennar with the Boca Municipal Golf Course, which is actually located outside of Boca’s city limits. The deals are separate from each other at this point.
City council members said they supported keeping the golf course as a golf course, but indicated that they would possibly need help from the parks district. The two entities have often butted heads on issues.
If the deal goes through, the district would be responsible for restoring the property. The district’s Executive Director Arthur Koski estimates that it will take more than a year to complete the renovation and cost an additional $8 to $12 million.
It is likely the two boards will discuss the deal during a planned joint meeting on Feb. 28.