Thursday, March 15, 2007

Residents fight to save Cape executive course

Originally posted on March 15, 2007
By Don Ruane The News Press

Cape Coral residents fighting to save one golf course are being asked to help save another from development.

Colleen Simon, who is leading the effort to save the Cape Coral Executive Golf Course at 1006 S.E. 4th Place, has asked for support, said Save The Golf Club leader Mary Neilson.

A meeting to show support is scheduled for 7 tonight at the New Hope Baptist Fellowship Church at 431 Nicholas Parkway. The church is between Cultural Park Boulevard and Santa Barbara Boulevard.

Executive golf course owner CKJ Enterprises Inc., is asking the city to change it land use map to designate the course as a place for multi-family uses instead of parks and recreation. CKJ wants to build condos on the property.

The city’s planning and zoning commission will hear the case next Wednesday at 9 a.m.

"I believe the outcome of this hearing and subsequent events will have a direct and profound impact on The Golf Club," said Neilson's e-mail this morning. The Golf Club is Cape Coral's oldest golf course. It closed in July and is up for sale.

Residents who live around the course want to keep the 175-acre land as a golf course or as a park.