*UPDATE* January 17, 2018
At the City Council Workshop on January 8, 2018, City staff gave a presentation of the draft Interlocal Agreement between the City and the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District (GBRBPD) for the financing, terms and conditions relating to the purchase of the Ocean Breeze Golf Course. Watch a video recording of the presentation.
On January 16, 2018, the Beach and Park District Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the revised Interlocal Agreement for the Ocean Breeze financing. A signed copy of the agreement will be provided to City Council prior to consideration of the matter at the January 23 regular meeting. The Interlocal Agreement includes the revisions discussed by City Council at the January 8 workshop meeting, as described in the agenda materials for the matter.
At the meeting, the GBRBPD also discussed presentations by the 15 firms that responded to the District’s Request for Proposals for a golf course designer/architect, and determined to open those presentations to the public. District staff advises that the 15 proposals and the RFP document will be posted on the District’s website mybocaparks.org by January 20th.
The District has scheduled review meetings as follows:
- January 29, 2018 (Monday) beginning at 5:30 p.m.
- February 1, 2018 (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 p.m.
- February 12, 2018 (Monday) beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Each meeting will consider five presentations from the proposers. The exact schedule of the proposers will be determined. The public is welcome to attend the presentations, but public comment will not be taken at these presentations. After the presentations are completed, the public will have an opportunity to comment at a regular District Board meeting prior to the Board’s decision to proceed.
Ocean Breeze Proposals – Received 12-20-17 2:00 pm
- 1. Arnold Palmer Design Company
- 2. Dusenberry Golf Course Design, LLC
- 3. Greg Norman
- 4. Hills & Forrest
- 5. Jan Bel Jan
- 6. Kipp Schultes Golf Design
- 7. Lehman Design Group
- 8. McCumber-Wright Venture, LLC
- 9. Nicklaus Design
- 10. Price / Fazio II Design Team
- 11. Rees Jones, Inc.
- 12. Richard Mandell Golf Architecture
- 13. Robert Trent Jones
- 14. Staples Golf
- 15. Vincent Design
Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District Acquisition Reports
The Boca Raton City Council and the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District are working together to keep golf in Boca Raton with the District's purchase of the Ocean Breeze Golf Course.
Joint Meetings of City Council and Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District
On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, the Boca Raton City Council and the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Parks District (GBRBPD) held a third joint public meeting to discuss the 27 hole Ocean Breeze Golf Course located at 5801 NW 2nd Ave.
View recording of the meeting on September 26, 2017 on the City Agenda page. (scroll to date)
On Monday, May 8, 2017, the Boca Raton City Council and the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Parks District (GBRBPD) held a joint public meeting to discuss the now defunct 27 hole Ocean Breeze Golf Course located at 5801 NW Second Avenue. The GBRBPD provided information and a presentation to the City Council and the public about its plans to purchase and renovate the Ocean Breeze Course. The GBRBPD is seeking financing from the City through a bond issue in the amount of 24 million dollars to purchase the property. (As a special district, the GBRBPD is not authorized by state statutes to issue bonds. )
Mayor Susan Haynie requested additional information from the GBRBPD so the Council could make a decision on the amount of funding, but City Council members agreed that they would like to keep the land as a golf course in Boca Raton. The Mayor directed City staff to begin drawing up an interlocal agreement between the agencies.
At a City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 9, the Council again reiterated its interest in partnering with the District to purchase the Golf Course, but indicated they were waiting on additional information before a final decision on the amount could be made. City Manger Leif Ahnell discussed the different bond financing options and the timing of the process.
View recording of the meeting on May 8, 2017 on the City Agenda page. (scroll to date)