Florida taxpayers will shell out $29,000 to redesign a green on a private golf course, because a proposed walking trail is too close to that green. The change will come at the Casselberry Golf Club. Casselberry City Manager Randy Newlin says the city has a comprehensive trail program that is nearing completion thanks to the addition of a section near the golf course.
"We have a three phase bike pedestrian trail that we're building throughout Casselberry. Two sections are virtually complete. The third is being planned, and we're very excited to have it."
Part of the new section of trail will be built adjacent to Hole No. 1 on the Casselberry Golf Course. Newlin says the tee box will have to move, then the green will have to move as well. The back edge of that green is just 20 feet from where the trail will be, a clear safety hazard.
"To the extent that the trail runs in proximity or next to the golf course, or where they might be exposed to falling balls, we'll have screening up to protect them."
The plan also calls for a 12-foot high chain link fence in that area as well. Casselberry Golf Club has been featured on FOX 35 recently because the owners may shut the place down. Newlin admits the city of Casselberry has filed suit against the owners to make sure they do not do that.
"I've got to assume it will be open. You know, there's no plans, I have no knowledge that it will be."
The $29,000 that is being spent from state funds to build trails is only to redesign the tee box and green on the first hole. There is no cost estimate yet to actually move the two.