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Golf course group gears up city purchase campaign

By Staff | May 20, 2016

The neighborhood group living near the vacant golf course on Palm Tree Boulevard organized in recent years to preserve the property as a course or green space is ramping up its activity.

Save Our Recreation, Inc. secured 501 (c) (3) status from the U.S. Government to raise funds for their cause and provide a tax break for donors.

“We have engaged the services of a land use expert and an attorney to help represent us during the process,” said group president Barth Wolf. “This is a good way for us to raise funds to pay for the help. We want to be involved in the process as D.R. Horton is expected to file for a land use change soon.”

The national builder notified the city in March that it has a contract for purchase for the 175-acre parcel. When D. R. Horton’s interest in the property was revealed, it was reported the builder wants to develop 600 homes there.

“We don’t want to lose this property as part of the city’s parks plan,” said Wolf. “People just don’t want to lose the green space. Our ultimate goal is to get the city to purchase the property and turn it into a golf course or multi-use facility for everyone. That’s a great long term solution. It’s an historic piece of Cape Coral.”

Officials with D.R. Horton could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Any plans D.R. Horton proposes to develop on the parcel must go to the city for land use changes and permits.

“That’s the first challenge for us, to stay involved in the process to stop D.R. Horton,” said Wolf. “We still will be participating in forming the Parks Master Plan with the city.”

For those who want to support the resident group in its drive to get the city to buy the land, there are three ways to get involved: Purchase a yard sign for a minimum donation of $15, donate online with a recommendation of $50 or more, or just write a check.

The group asks donors to put up signs in their yard as a show of support, and not just around the course. Anywhere in the city will do. To donate online, use the group’s www.SaveOurRecreation.us website.

They also ask residents to speak with or write emails to council members and the mayor respectfully urging their support.

For more information visit the website or email bwolf3@new.rr.com, or mary@maryneilson.com, or brenanne95@aol.com