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By Chris Wille
Published February 11, 2019
University Park homeowners easily approved a $24 million bond referendum to
purchase University Park Country Club and other land in voting Thursday. The
neighborhood’s Recreation District will oversee implementation of the 30-year
municipal bond issue.
Turnout was high as 84 percent of
eligible property owners voted. Of the 1,009 ballots cast,
810, or 80 percent, voted for the bond issue while 199 were
University Park Recreation District board chairman Bob Wood
announced the results at the UPRD board meeting Friday.
“University Park residents care deeply about their community
and have proven their commitment to its future through their
intensive study of the issues and involvement in the
process,” Wood said. “On behalf of the UPRD board, I want to
thank our residents for their active participation and
Friday’s announcement marked the culmination of 22 months of
analysis, recommendations, community meetings and resident
surveys since the owners first reported their intention to
sell the country club.
The referendum vote paves the way for the turnover of the
University Park Community Association Inc., now under the control of the
country club co-owners, including John Neal.
John Whyte, UPCA president and coordinator of the volunteer planning group
that developed the preliminary recommendations involving the club
acquisition, said the focus now shifts the orderly transition to
resident-controlled versus an owner-controlled community.
“We are in the unique position to create a community association that truly
represents the interests of University Park property owners now and into the
future,” he said. “It’s critical that the community gets involved in this
The referendum was supervised and the vote certified by DiBartolomeo, McBee,
Hartley & Barnes, the public accounting firm retained for this special
The estimated cost to the average homeowner over the 30-year life of the
bond is $99 monthly.
One of the homeowner opponents to the Recreation District attempted to halt
the referendum with a temporary injunction, but 12th Judicial Circuit Court
Judge Edward Nicholas denied the request by Richard Holtom Garrett on
The lawsuit against the University Park Recreation District sought both
temporary and permanent injunctions prohibiting the district from proceeding
with the referendum and closing on the club’s purchase until the court could
confirm the sale terms are equitable and represent a fair-market value