Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Great news again! At the City Council meeting tonight the Council voted 6-1 with Councilmember Cosden not present to approve resolutions directing the City Manager to begin the process of negotiating the purchase of the golf course from the current owners. After many years of kicking this can down the road, the Council tonight has formally begun the process to get the City to buy the property. The next step will be to bring back a purchase contract for approval, assuming the City Manager can agree to acceptable terms for a purchase.
The Council also voted to pursue a joint meeting with the Lee County Board of Supervisors to look at options for partnering with Lee County on getting funding from the county for the golf course. The use of 20/20 funds are one option that is expected to be discussed.
We believe there will be some process to gather input on what should happen with the golf course after the purchase is completed. I know many of you have ideas and we hope you share them and are also open to listening to the ideas others will share as well. This is a large parcel that needs to be something that is beneficial to the community at large that can be a gem for generations to enjoy in the future.
Thank you to all who showed up tonight, last week or have been supporting us over the past few years. Your support has been amazing.
We want to stress that this is not a done deal yet and negotiations will need to be concluded with the owner on price and terms. There can always be unexpected bumps in the road and we need to stay vigilant and ensure this stays on track. But, as we said last week as well, this is the best news we’ve had on the golf course in many, many years.