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No vote on how to fund new public golf course in Boca Raton

Posted at 11:36 PM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-12 23:36:27-04

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The Boca Raton City Council and Beach and Park District never voted Thursday night on how to fund a new public golf course. The two government parties met for more than three hours before adjourning.

The sticking point: the estimated $25 million it will take, according to the parks district, to build the upscale course. The city says it can and should be done for less, no more than $15 million.

The city said they are willing to help fund a course, but not at that price tag.

Instead, the district said they’ll consider finding out how to fund the project as is, on their own, which could include a tax hike.

“We see what they want I think we have a better vision of what we have to do and I’m very attached to this project,” Susan Vogelgesang from the district said in an interview after the meeting.

Mayor Scott Singer said in an interview, “It seemed that the majority of the district wanted to go it alone, with the result of taxes raised by them on residents. I hope they’ll consider cheaper options and a greater partnership with the city.”

Before Thursday night, the two bodies met sporadically, maybe once a year. Tonight, they did agree to meet four times a year to hopefully improve communication.