Article Courtesy of The Sun
By Marci Schatzman
Published June22, 2018
All the buildings, tennis courts and parking lots on the old Ocean Breeze site
will be demolished to make way for a new redesigned public golf course in Boca
The Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District, which has bought the property,
agreed Monday to pay $730,735 to demolish about a dozen vacant structures
including the hotel and clubhouse.
It could be two months before demolition
starts, and it could last three months, said Briann Harms,
“The most important thing will be notifying all the people
in advance about the noise and inconvenience,” said Harold
Chaffee, president of Keep Golf in Boca.
That includes 1,800 condo units on the course and an
estimated 3,000 residents in the nearby Hidden Valley
“The parking lots will be ripped up at the hotel and
clubhouse,” Harms said. “They will not reuse the parking
lots because the buildings will change.”
Six tennis courts also will be demolished.
A view of the closed former Ocean Breeze golf course
in Boca Teeca.
The former 212-acre golf course closed in June 2016.
After a controversy about the purchase price, city council passed a revenue
bond not to exceed $20 million to loan the district the money to buy Ocean
Breeze for use by city and district residents.
“We own the east side, which includes the hotel. The city owns the west
side, which is the golf course,” Harms said, after the district bought the
hotel parcel outright.
The district rescheduled the first meeting with Price/Fazio, the golf course
design firm the district chose, until next Monday.
“Nothing has been decided on the hotel property,” said district director Art
Hotel companies have expressed interest in both building a hotel and buying
the property, he added.
“We could get the golf course up and running without the clubhouse,” he
Who will finance the course’s reconstruction is also uncertain. “We may look
to the city or seek our own financing,” Koski said.
In a separate deal in November 2017, the city agreed to sell its municipal
golf course outside city limits to G.L. Acquisitions Corp. City council just
approved a third extension to Sept. 22 so the developer can analyze the
deal. That course off Glades Road just west of Florida’s Turnpike remains