BOCA RATON, Fla. - Just outside the heart of downtown Boca Raton sits a potential jewel. Two acres of public water front property, unused and in need of a little TLC. The property once housed The Wildflower restaurant, a favorite of neighbor Jody Schwartz.
"It was a fun restaurant we were sad to see it go, but now for it to sit here without progress is difficult to understand," says Jody Schwartz, who lives five blocks from the property.
City leaders approved building of a restaurant there and they're now exploring how public space, like a park, can fit in.
Some worry a restaurant would be too exclusive.
"I think it'd be a great place for people to enjoy a walk before and after dinner, rather than a restaurant controlled by a private entity," says City Council Member Anthony Majhess.
A tight budget is pushing the City to turn it into something that will create revenue, since it paid $7 million for it back in 2009.
"Like most cities we don't have a lot of extra money, and this will help provide financial success to the city," says Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel.
The city also has it's sights set on this 10-acre plot of land west of I-95 off Spanish River Boulevard.
It's slated for recreational use, and possibly a restaurant, too.
"We've heard proposals for an ice-rink or a bowling alley, it'll be recreational in nature," says Mayor Whelchel.
Schwartz wants to develop the waterfront property first.
"It's been frustrating to see how long this has taken," says Schwartz.
It will be months before a final decision is made on what to do with the waterfront property. The city is taking proposals through the summer, and will start the bidding process in October.