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Plans still on hold for former Ocean Breeze site

Boca Teeca residents and city public golf activists will have to wait longer for specific plans on the 212-acre site no longer needed for golf.

The site owner just put out a proposal for a firm to provide architectural, engineering and planning services. That means commissioners for the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District will have to decide on a consultant before moving forward.

The district expects responses by the end of June and “could rank [proposals] by the first or second week in July and get somebody on board,” executive director Briann Harms said at the district’s May 17 meeting.

The long dormant site is on the east and west sides of northwest Second Avenue between Yamato Road and NW 67th Avenue. “Proposers are encouraged to visit the site to acquaint themselves with the conditions,” the district said in the proposal.

The district put Requests for Information on its website that was open for public comment until April 9. Those responses will factor in, once the consultant is hired.

“Our intent is to get a common document we can prioritize with this planner, and then come back in August with a plan where all these things fit,” said Commissioner Craig Ehrnst.

“Once we hire someone, we can review RFIs [requests for information] and have presentations once that’s on board,” Harms said.

There were so many suggestions, they may have to schedule special meetings just to hear everyone out, said board chair Susan Vogelgesang.

“We can’t single anyone yet. I would do that as separate meetings and they’re there for that purpose and give those respondents an opportunity to shine,” Ehrnst agreed.

By Marci Shatzman

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