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Boca Raton moves forward with plans for Intracoastal restaurant

January 12, 2012 03:45PM

Plans for a restaurant on the Boca Raton Intracoastal dock are moving forward now that the city council has given its blessing, WPTV reported.

Boca Raton is “the only major city” in Broward and Palm Beach counties without waterfront dining, according to Gene Folden, the city’s marine board chair. Folden said the city is missing out on the opportunity to draw visitors, and boaters in particular, to Silver Palm Park and downtown Boca Raton.

“Restaurants are a gateway, no question about it,” he said.

The city bought the property on the dock for $7.5 million in 2009, four years after a restaurant last stood on the site. The city is seeking proposals from restaurateurs for the site, who they’ll charge rent to recoup what the city paid. [WPTV]