By Steve Plunkett


The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District has given the city $2 million to help pay for a 2010 beach renourishment project that fell victim to federal budget-cutting.

Boca Raton officials expected to get $5.3 million from the federal government for the nearly 1.5-mile project just north of Red Reef Park. But three months before the project began, federal officials told the city it would receive only $531,000. City officials asked the beach and park district for help.

They got it at May’s joint meeting of the district and the Boca Raton City Council.

“We thought that a good way to start this meeting on a friendly and cordial, wonderful basis would be to present you with a check … for $2 million,” Commission Chairman Dennis Frisch said.

The North Beach area initially got 1.1 million cubic yards of sand in 1988, followed by 680,000 cubic yards in 1998. The 2010 project deposited 780,000 cubic yards of sand on the shoreline at a total cost of $9.3 million.      Ú

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