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Cape can’t afford to buy golf course

October 18, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

I recently read that Councilman Chulakes-Leetz wants to have the city buy the old golf course. I believe the cost is somewhere around $12 million. Where is he and the city going to get this money? Are they going to place another tax on the residents, "The Golf Tax assessment?"

What if the city buys this over-grown course, how much more money will be required to bring it back as a golf course, then hire a manager, golf pro and laborers to care for the course? Next question is with most golf courses, in our area, struggling to get by, adding one more to the pile will not help. Do we need to take the large parcel of tax earning property off the tax rolls?

Let the current owners restore the course or sell it to someone else. Until they do, by law, they have to comply with the city codes on property upkeep or face fines. Maybe this land should be re-zoned to allow building of homes, hotels or other tax-earning businesses. The city can not afford another debt.

Gary Bongers

Cape Coral



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