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Subject: Golf in Boca

The Price/Fazio plan for Boca National Golf Course was designed with resident’s input with the goal of having a successful, modern municipal golf facility. Success requires a facility that can distinguish itself from “regular” municipal courses. Those plans are being attacked for being “world class.”“World Class” means that something is the “best of the best, when compared with similar items from around the world.” As designed, Boca National’s 18-hole golf course will be very nice – comparable in style and playability to the best public golf courses in South Florida. That alone does not make it world class. However, when combined with Price/Fazio’s design for the short course plus learning center / range on the East property, along with the Himalayas style putting course, a casual café clubhouse, picnic pavilions, fitness trail, nature areas, and children’s playground, the facility as a whole will certainly be world class. There are few, if any, such facilities anywhere, and Boca National will be a model for municipalities of how to create a modern, successful golf park facility with something for everyone.

Rick Heard
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Subject: Development in Boca Raton

Mr. Gore obviously put a lot of thought into his column, but he really doesn’t answer any questions or take sides. It almost seems like an apology for developers. Oh my gosh the city Council approved it and it looks horrible, but they maximized their profit. It’s time citizens come first but, unfortunately money talks and that’s what you see happening in Boca, money talking and buildings getting built!

Scott Shabot
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Subject: Golf in Boca

‘Municipal’ golf is a pejorative term for a course that is cheap, not particularly well-maintained and most likely poorly run. A “goat-track” with a rudimentary design – functional but often dull. This description appears to reflect the mayor’s vision for golf in Boca. According to Golf Digest the list below are the twenty best PUBLIC golf courses in America.

Ian MacDougall

1.  Pebble Beach 
2.  Pacific Dunes 
3.  Whistling Straits 
4.  The Ocean Course 
5.  Shadow Creek
6.  Pinehurst Resort (Number 2) 
7.  Bandon Dunes 
8.  Bethpage State Park (Black) 
9.  Erin Hills 
10.  Spyglass Hill 
11.  TPC Sawgrass 
12.  Old MacDonald 
13.  Arcadia Bluffs 
14.  Bandon Trails 
15.  Blackwolf Run 
16.  Pasatiempo 
17.  The Pete Dye French Lick 
18.  Sand Valley 
19.  Streamsong 
20.  Karsten Creek 

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Subject: UHC vs BRRH

Since my last letter to Boca First, I did finally receive a telephone call from UHC from the Texas office. I was told that the problem lies with BRRH in that they do not want to accept the pay scale that UCH offered, which they emphatically told me was in line with what is paid to ALL THE OTHER HOSPITALS IN OUR AREA. The representative I spoke with checked was is paid to Delray Medical Center, Boca West, Imperial Point, etc. The rep suggested we continue to contact the Administration Office at BRRH. She further stated that they will continue to negotiate as long as BRRH is willing to talk. I don’t know who really is at fault, but I believe they are all playing the blame game!

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Subject: Save Community Garden

“I’ve been a community garden member since it first opened years ago. I’ve seen this arid piece of land turn into a fruitful garden, and have found the feeling of growing your own food to be both exhilarating and rewarding.
We donate 100s of pounds of food to the Boca Helping Hands kitchen. Mizner Park’s Kapow grows fresh herbs and vegetables for their restaurant. We have plots for people with mobility issues, as well as a wildflower/native plants walk, a gazebo and pagoda, swings and benches, and a composting center. We host several events through the year, including composting classes, monthly pot lucks and programs for schoolkids. This is our way to connect and unify as a community.
The mayor and city council members have this crazy idea that they are doing something positive by giving city land to a private enterprise.
I’d like to remind city officials that this land is first and foremost owned by the us, the taxpayers, and we should come first. If Brightline/Virgins want a train station in Boca, let them find another location. I’m sure they will.
In closing, I say leave our garden alone. It belongs to the people and should not be for sale, let alone given away.
I hear Joni Mitchell singing: “You pave paradise and put up a parking lot…”
Thank you”

Nora Prado Greenberg
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