Boca National Golf Course awaits design approval from city

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By: Diane Emeott Korzen Contributing Writer

The clock is ticking for the Boca Raton City Council to approve the Greater Beach & Park District’s ‘Price-Fazio Design’ for Boca National Golf Course.

The Beach & Park District Executive Director Briann Harms said the district anticipates a response from the city on its proposed design by March 9.

The two boards have been at odds over plans for the new golf course at the former site of Boca Tecca’s Ocean Breeze course.

Per a 2018 agreement, the district must receive city approval on design before moving forward with construction on a new golf course. The approval is needed even with the district agreeing to foot the bill for the cost of the design they want to see.

City council members have opposed the design calling it too expensive. The city council had offered to take over some of the financial aspects and plans, but the district board vehemently opposed the offer.

No headway on design approval was made during a joint meeting between the boards at the end of January.

Mayor Scott Singer maintained that the city is willing to finance construction of the golf course.

“Our offer still stands… You don’t want our help, I respect that.”

Council Member Andrea Levine O’Rourke called the matter, “A very frustrating, long, drawn-out ordeal.”

Something that pleased both boards was a price cut down from $28 million to about $13.5 million for the course construction attributed to “value engineering.”

District staff said the savings will continue during construction and selecting cost effective products.

The project will feature an 18-hole golf course on the west side, a temporary clubhouse, a tunnel, and a driving range, short course and putting range on the east side.

While the district awaits city approval, it has made some other progress.

The district met with representatives from the National Golf Foundation to talk about phasing construction of the golf course. Harms said she expects a report ready for the district’s March 2 meeting.

The District also voted unanimously to select a credit rating firm Moody’s or Standard & Poors – and ultimately get a credit rating, as is done by municipalities for determining their borrowing potential.

In another step to get the ball rolling on the golf course, Commissioners directed Harms to write a request for proposals for a Project Manager for Boca National, to have it ready to go — but not go out to bid until design approval is received from the city.

The two parties are set to meet again for a joint meeting at 6 p.m. on April 13 at the Boca Raton Community Center.