Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District wants ideas for former golf course

Brett Shweky, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District is looking for input from residents about ideas for recreational facilities that could be developed on the site that formerly served as the Ocean Breeze Golf Course, 5800 NW Second Ave.

District commissioners voted unanimously on Feb. 8 to send out a Request For Information, giving residents and organizations 60 days to convey their ideas and opinions.

City officials, who were prompted by the city of Boca Raton’s decision in 2017 to sell its municipal golf course to a real estate developer, asked the district to purchase the golf course in order to create a new public course within the city limits. Following the purchase of the golf course — which was also referred to as Boca Teeca — the district commissioned the design of what was going to be called Boca National Golf Course.

The district’s plans changed last October when the company that owns the Boca Raton Resort and Club gifted the Boca Raton Country Club to the city for use as a municipal course.

Acknowledging the fact that two public courses would be in a three-mile drive of one another if the plans continued, the district is looking for alternatives to fill the 212-acre site.

“I’m 100% for [issuing] the RFI at this point,” Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District Commissioner Erin Wright said in a statement. “Now we’re kind of at square one again and we have really no idea what we want there.”

Committed to moving the plan forward, district commissioners unanimously approved the motion to make the Ocean Breeze project the first agenda item for every meeting this calendar year.

In addition, the district commissioners said they are also committing their efforts to listen to Boca Teeca residents and keep them informed through the process.