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August 18, 2017

Nestled in the heart of one of the Cape’s oldest neighborhoods lies a piece of history — 175 acres that once were home to not only the city’s first golf course but one of its first community......

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Sep-25-17 2:27 PM

That was then, this is now. Subdivide the property and leave 25% as green space. Get the property back on the TAX ROLLS. The city cannot afford the TAX LOSSES nor can the city afford ANY PURCHASE PRICE. WAKE UP COUNCIL and do your RESPONSIBLE JOBS.

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Sep-03-17 12:10 PM

The homeowners that border the golf course paid extra for "golf course frontage lots". Similar to waterfront land it impacts the property value. Having "blight front property" is a value disaster. Who would buy it? It is easy to design a family and senior friendly, shorter golf course that surrounds the property. Make 2 holes out of 1. Make 3 holes out of 2. Leave the inside area for maximum occupancy housing like the 12 family condos they build there long ago. There are so many successful neighborhoods, like Gulf Harbor, that are designed this way. This would maximize the tax base and remember this is a CRA tax incentive area. I look forward to playing the links style course which should be part of the HOA.

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Aug-18-17 10:46 AM

Furthering the latter discussion about acquisition by the taxpayers, after the acquisition and remediation occurs, the ongoing operating and maintenance costs must be considered along with the loss of the ad valorem tax revenues, storm water fees, et al. Additionally, if the acquisition would occur, these upfront and ongoing costs are not included in the new Parks Master Plan which has already been approved by the Council. The estimated costs of these are in the $60M-$70M area, with costs to be borne primarily by the taxpayers, as well. As the cover title of this article states, Choose Wisely!

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