The non-profit organization “Keep Golf In Boca” held a successful meeting this week with a standing room crowd of over 100 supporters for the meeting. Presentations were made to inform the residents on the selling process of the current municipal golf course west of the turnpike. This process includes an offer by Lennar that provides the city the opportunity to Bring Public Golf Back to Our City as the now closed Ocean Breeze golf course is included in the offer.
Residents were informed that the current beach & park district commissioners are 100% behind the acquisition and improvement of the Ocean Breeze golf course property, BUT there is not a majority of the city council that has announced support of the acquisition of this property. Accordingly, resident/voters who want Public golf in the city were encouraged to attend upcoming city council meetings and speak at these meetings in support of bringing Public Golf Back to Our City.
Residents who are unable to attend and speak at the meetings were encouraged to email and call the city council members while being professional and persistent in their communication to the city. It is important to note that a Public golf course would be a benefit to ALL residents of the city who currently have to travel to Delray, Deerfield or west of the turnpike for public golf access.
Children in our community are unable to learn to play golf at a public golf course while many other children’s sports programs are fully supported by facilities provided by the city or the beach & park district. Visitors to our city have no place to play championship level golf in the city. The annual Allianz PGA golf event is supported by the city council which has brought millions of dollars of economic benefit to our city and is broadcast to millions of households around the country every February. Yet there are no championship level Public golf courses in our city.
This is a very unique opportunity that has not been available in over 40 years and this should be a win-win for the city, the residents and the visitors to our city. The city should acquire the former Ocean Breeze golf property and utilize it as a major recreational facility for supporting the golfing vision that Boca Raton is known for. The city council has recently supported the “golfing vision” for our city by allocating $10,000 for a putting green in Mizner Park.
The majority of the residents at the meeting were golfers and they are certainly looking forward to the opportunity to play golf at a championship level course within our city. The city council has currently determined their plans to make a decision on the sell of the west glades road municipal golf course at their Nov. 22nd meeting. All residents, golfers and parents of golfers in our city are encouraged to attend this meeting and speak in support of the importance of bringing championship level Public golf within the city of Boca Raton.