Boca Raton Neighbors,
The city is considering selling their current municipal golf course located on west Glades Rd/outside of the city limits. There is an offer from Lennar which includes the swap of the Ocean Breeze/Boca Teeca golf course property with a total value of $38.5 million. There are higher offers from other developers, but these other offers do not include the economic benefits offered by the city acquiring the Ocean Breeze golf property which would be open the public.
Unfortunately, at the present time the city staff is not considering the economic benefits of having a golf course available for resident and visitor recreational use even though the city has an ongoing economic development effort to bring jobs and economic benefits to our city. There are numerous studies which detail the millions of dollars of economic benefits to local communities from public golf courses in addition to the permanent jobs (up to 100) that would be required for this operation. Even the Palm Beach County tourist bureau (a/k/a Discover The Palm Beaches) has an active marketing effort to bring golfing visitors to our area as a recognition of the economic benefits to PB County. The Allianz PGA golf tournament claims that their 1 week golf event brings almost $20 million in economic benefits to the city and the city is a sponsor of this event (see allianzchampionship.com).
An upcoming City Council Workshop will offer opportunities for Boca Raton residents and area golfers to express their support for Keeping (Public) Golf in Boca Raton. This is an opportunity for residents to speak in support of this property acquisition, as well as, communicate your support for the non-profit Keep Golf in Boca that has collected over 1,000 petition signatures from residents supporting public championship level golf which is not currently available in our city.
Meeting scheduled as followed:
9/26 – immediately following 1:30pm CRA meeting – City Council Workshop with public comment available *Expected staff review of the numerous offers for the current golf course and discussion of procedures on selecting the winning bidder – economic benefits to the city should be included in this process?
9/27 – 6pm – City Council meeting with public comment near end of agenda.
There is also the opportunity to email (see below) and/or call (561-393-7708) the city leadership in order to express your support for the city to acquire the only available championship level golf course that is uniquely available within the city and provide the recreational and economic benefits of this facility.
Thank you for your support in preserving the recreational facilities in our community which also provides significant economic benefits to our city.
Mayor Susan Haynie – firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Mayor Mike Mullaugh – email@example.com
Councilman Mayor Robert Weinroth – firstname.lastname@example.org
CRA Chair/Councilman Scott Singer – email@example.com
Jeremy Rodgers – firstname.lastname@example.org