In the last few years, Boca Raton has been battling the consequences of overdevelopment and growth. Numerous residential projects have been vilified for their actual and perceived impacts on the Boca Raton resident. Projects like the Alina, Tower 155, Midtown, Camino Square and others have been subjected to criticism and delay. Mostly, the criticisms are due to their impacts on traffic, parking, school overcrowding, etc.; factually accurate or not.

As the City Council and the Beach and Park District prepare for a scheduled ‘tee off time’ on May 13 with a joint session exploring next steps in the Boca National Golf Course (BNGC) saga, these elected officials appear to already be in the ‘rough.’ Now, over a year into this process, the hard-unanswered questions will be the ‘driving’ force to get back on the proverbial ‘fairway.’

Robert Sweetapple is the lawyer representing the landowner of the much discussed beachfront building lot at 2600 N. Ocean Blvd. The landowner has a appeal filed against the City of Boca Raton for the denial of a single variance to construct a home on private property and, in a second filing, to have the Circuit Court enforce Florida's Public Records Act against the City of Boca Raton. Alone, these appeals are part of court actions by developers against the City. Together, with other actions being taken in court against the city, they may reveal a pattern of our elected officials opting to practice the risk of impeding 'development through litigation.'