Thursday, February 06, 2014

Cape Coral to explore purchase of old golf course. by Jeff Koehn of

Written by Jeff Koehn

Cape Coral's city council cautiously took a step to open discussions with the owners of the old golf course property located in Southeast Cape Coral.
However, council members cautioned, it is a far cry from the city actually purchasing the property.
At a meeting Wednesday night, the council directed City Manager John Szerlag to find out from the Ryan Companies, owners of the property, what is the current asking price for the 175-acre property.
Recently, the Ryan Companies have reached out to Szerlag to gauge the city’s interest in possibly buying the property. In an email sent to Szerlag this past Monday, Ryan Companies’ Bill McHale stated the company has three offers for the property. He also asked Szerlag if the city had made a decision whether it was interested in purchasing the property, and if so, what was its timeline.......

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Mary Neilson

Cape Coral council discusses buying golf course

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Written by Cristela Guerra

The land has become known for its possibilities. Residents want to see the old golf course in southeast Cape Coral become the “Central Park” of the city. Others would prefer to see it return to a pristine state of rolling greens. While still others have development on their minds. But years changing hands, discussion, some litigation and some contention has paused progress.
And the land has sat, slowly returning to its original wild state. At a Committee of the Whole meeting Wednesday night, Cape Coral City Council agreed that the majority was at least open to talk about the possibility of purchasing the abandoned 175-acre 18-hole golf course. It was appraised at almost $9 million as of last November. These meetings are meant solely for discussion, not voting.
Mary Neilson had been fighting to save the property for years.
I’m elated,” said Neilson, a resident since 2004. “I’m just happy the end result was to allow the city manager and staff to speak to the owner.”
Bill McHale of Minneapolis-based Ryan Companies US sent City Manager John Szerlag an email Monday asking..........Click below for entire article.