Tuesday, April 24, 2007
The owners of The Golf Club in Cape Coral are asking the city to rezone their property to allow business ventures that might include retail shops, offices and multi-family housing.
Kent Carlson of Florida Gulf Ventures Inc. announced the move in a letter to residents dated April 23 and obtained this morning by news-press.com.
The course is zoned residential but designated for parks and recreation uses in the city's future land use plan. City council approval is needed to change it.
“The current economic conditions cannot support a golf course operation. Absent this ability, our partners are deeply committed to finding a solution that is advantageous to the entire community, accentuates our beautiful Florida environment and meets the needs of the local market,” Carlson’s letter said.
“The project will include significant public park and lake components,” Carlson said.
Some residents said during a February townhall meeting that they wanted a combination of city and private sector financing to develop a hotel, convention center and golf course.
Others hoped the city would buy the course and keep it for golf or for a city park.
By DMITRY RASHNITSOV, CAPE CORAL BREEZE
The Golf Club land may undergo some changes.
Ryan Homes’s Kent Carlson, Bill Nolan and others met individually with Mayor Eric Feichthaler and city council members on Monday to discuss the possibility of bringing forward a land use development plan that would change the area’s zoning from a golf course to possibly a hotel, residences, commercial space or a combination.
District 1 Councilmember Tom Hair said he was not sure what the land use change would entail, but he suspects it could be a private/public partnership that would involve a park as well as mixed use commercial and residential.
Hair said the owners of the land wanted to give council notice it was a plan they were considering.
Hair also said a land use change could take up to nine months to complete before it comes before council.
Cape Coral Economic Development Director Mike Jackson said he has had four different groups of investors approach him about The Golf Club land.
Jackson said he advised all four to speak to the property’s owners because the city has no control over the sale of the land.
Jackson said all four investors’ visions for the area included a golf course with hotel/resort style amenities.
Jackson said he can only work with the vision council has for the area. Investors who share the council’s vision are directed to the owners of The Golf Club.