A battle is brewing between the owners of the Casselberry Golf Club and residents who want to keep a golf course that has been in the city since the 1940s. The owners tell FOX 35 that they are losing large amounts of money running the golf course and that something has to be done.
Resident Guy Brady does not want to see change. "It's an icon of the city. It should remain a golf course and it always will be hopefully. I'll take my son out here when he's old enough to enjoy golfing."
He doesn't like one of the possibilities, selling the course to a developer that would put homes on the land. "I'm not for that at all, traffic, it's horrendous as it is at 5 o'clock and early in the morning, so that's not going to fly around here."
Residents with views of greens and fairways are also irate over the possibility. The owners are talking to the City of Casselberry, exploring options. One of them would be for the city to buy the course. Commissioner Jon Miller is taking a wait and see approach.
"That's an option. That's what we want to do tonight is hear from the residents and see what makes the most sense. I think the owner of the golf course says that he is losing money and they can't keep going like that so this is an opportunity hearing from the residents and to stand with them and see what's in their best interest."
Buying the golf course could cost the city 4 to 5 million dollars. Miller says it is unlikely the city could afford to operate the golf course at a loss of tens of thousands of dollars a year. The city's covenants and agreements with the owners of the golf course make it a bit unclear what will happen next. When the agreement was signed in 1973, it did stipulate that the course must remain as a golf course or green space for 50 years.
While it would seem like that would prevent the land from being developed for homes, some of that language is ambiguous and could be challenged in court. Residents had an open forum to discuss the future of the course Thursday night at Casselberry Elementary School.