The Casselberry Golf Course’s owners told city officials last June the course was no longer profitable and they were considering selling the land to a developer. Hundreds of residents attended a meeting to oppose plans to turn the property into single-family homes, arguing in favor of an open green space. A city attorney cited a 40-year-old deed restriction that said if the course ceases to operate, it could be conveyed to the city.
The city of Casselberry, Fla., plans to work with its citizens and the owners of Casselberry Golf Course to preserve the property, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
The Casselberry commissioners announced the intention on October 8, calling the property a “unique asset” and “an integral green space in the heart of the city.”
The club’s owners told city officials last June that the course was no longer profitable and that they were considering selling the land to a developer. Hundreds of residents attended a meeting last month to oppose plans to turn the property into single-family homes, with many saying they would rather see the land remain an open green space if the course closes, the Sentinel reported.
“We heard you loud and clear,” Commissioner Jon Miller said before approving a resolution to preserve the property.
Owner Chad Barton said the course has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in the past three years. City attorney Catherine Reischmann said city officials should be prepared to ask a judge about a 1973 deed restriction on the property that says if the course ceases to operate, then property will be conveyed free of charge to the city, the Sentinel reported.