From CBS 2:
Rudy Giuliani's dream of building a highfalutin Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course on the site of a toxic waste dump in the Bronx has become Michael Bloomberg's nightmare, but the city is still going through with it even though it's $100 million over budget and is expected to be at least 12 years late.
"It is a complete waste of money. It's a boondoggle and it's something that never should have gone forward," said Geoffrey Croft of the NYC Park Advocates.
There are a lot of questions. Like what happens if the golfers hit their balls into the cemetery next door? Who wants to play on a toxic waste dump? And how much will it cost? The original plans called for charging $120 for a single round of golf. The Black Course at Bethpage, where the U.S. Open was held this summer, charges $60 on weekends. Weekdays are cheaper.
So who can afford to pay $120 for a round of golf?
"The mayor and the real estate developers -- certainly not the people who live around here," Croft said.
An avid golfer, the mayor said the city still plans to build the course, though it is, as he said, "embarrassingly" delayed and has a new problem.
"What we don't have is a developer who's willing to build the clubhouse and that's the problem at the moment," Bloomberg said.
And here's the rub: if contractors don't meet their targeted completion date, which is four years from now, it will be another mayor's problem.
The original development plans were drawn up by Robert Moses in 1949. He promised a sandy beach, lots and lots of public parkland and a tiny golf course.
Oh, how things have changed.
Someone is assuming Bloomberg will still be mayor 4 years from now. Heh.