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Feedback on public Boca Teeca site

Boca Teeca residents and city golfers are already weighing in on the 212 acres no longer needed for a public golf course. The city accepted Boca Raton Country Club for public golf, leaving this site’s future undecided. The community has until 2 p.m. April 9 to comment:  https://www.mybocaparks.org/boca-teeca-property

But that didn’t stop calls for everything from a park with soccer fields and pickleball courts to golf anyway at the Feb. 16 Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District meeting.

“We’re concerned and disappointed you are starting over. You spent $4 million, now you are backing down,” said Greg Galanis, president of the golfers who play at Boca’s municipal course that’s open but sold to GL Homes. “Women nine-holers will no longer have a course to call home,” he said, still asking for at least an executive course and practice green on the former Ocean Breeze golf couse.

The district had Price Fazio prepare and design the course for golf, but the city never approved it. Now the outlook appears better for a new agreement. “They’re not putting stipulations there’s no golf,” said the district’s executive director Briann Harms, working with Deputy City Manager Mike Woika on the new inter-local. Joint meetings with city council are also in the works.

Here’s some of the ideas:

  • Soccer fields;
  • Fieldhouse, instead of building another one at the district’s Sugar Sand Park;
  • Community center with card and meeting rooms to serve as a social center for the neighborhood;
  • Walking and bike trails, sculpture gardens, outdoor fitness and yoga area with equipment, community garden, ball courts, picnic area, bike rentals, local art;
  • Pickleball courts or pickleball center

“We’ve heard from people we’ve never heard from before,” Harms said, noting “a lot of response and great ideas.”

“I have not discounted the idea of an executive course. We have opportunities for it,” said Commissioner Bob Rollins.

“Everything is on table,” added Commissioner Craig Ehrnst.

By Marci Shatzman

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