The golf course opened in 1967. Nothing was developed in greater than 5 miles north and south on Bruce B Downs. Even in the early 90's Tampa Palms was the closest grocery store!
Vague zoning laws then allowed for possible future development. The density of New Tampa now has skyrocketed. Rezoning will be necessary to allow for development . It could allow for up to 600 residences
In 2005 the course was bought by Ace Golf. Soon after, they sold off the driving range for developers to erect a large apartment complex, eliminating the amenity of having a range to draw in business.
Chemicals from fertilization exist in all courses in Florida. Now banned chemicals from all the way back to the 1960's are safely contained deep within the soil. There is no need to clean these toxins up unless intending on disturbing them by digging to build homes. It is estimated to cost $1 -2 million. An application was filed for a Brownfield designation that is a paid grant from the government intended for dilapidated areas that would benefit from the improvement by boosting the neighborhood's local economy. Ace applied for and was denied by a unanimous vote of 7-0 by the county commissioners. The message from the residents was heard. No free money for this wealthy land owner!
Despite the uptick in golf play during the pandemic Ace Golf announced the course will close permanently on July 31 2021. Low memberships and poor bookings at the event venues were blamed for this decision. It is a public course and as such does not rely on memberships. The amount of paying customers they get is comparable if not exceeding other courses in the area. Most likely cause of lost events could be attributed to the constant threat of closure at anytime over the last 3 years. No bride would risk that!
The residents have united! The Brownfield denial showed our caring county commissioners how much we love our neighborhood and wish it to remain peaceful. Rezoning can and will be fought. It is a right for the citizens to have their opinions and concerns heard by the decision makers in government. Zoning is there for a reason. The community should not suffer from the RE zoning , as we bought here when it was zoned not allowing the addition of 250-600 new homes/apartments which will overcrowd our neighborhood as well as our roads. Taxes likely will rise as well
The noise! Ponds may be drained by pumps all night while the sewers are buried, greens leveled, roads being tarred, street lights will be added, and all this before the actual constructing of the houses. Dayworkers and construction crews will be a fixture in your back yard. Safety may become an issue. Port-A-Potties will be out there too! Our wildlife will be scared away possibly on to Bruce B Downs to find their demise.