Article Courtesy of Spectrum
By Asher Wildman
Published March 17, 2021
WINTER GARDEN — The course which has been closed since 2019 was supposed to go
up for auction Friday but the city of Winter Garden made an offer to the trustee
of the golf course which was accepted. The city offered $2 million, but would
not own the golf course.
The city now plans on
selling the course to the HOA of Stoneybrook West which will
pay the city back over 20 years. Each resident of the
Stoneybrook West community will pay an additional $85 a year
on their property tax bill for the next 20 years.
“This is a gated community, and in all fairness to them,
they pay so much in taxes they are actually a donor
community," Winter Garden City Manager Mike Bollhoefer
explains. "So they get a lot less services and benefits from
their taxes to their communities, so we did not feel good
charging them interest.”
A bankruptcy judge will have to finalize this deal on
Tuesday. The HOA of Stoneybrook West does not know at this
time what they will do with the golf course once they take
ownership of the property.