Article Courtesy of The
Ormond Beach Observer
By Jarleene Almenas
Published January 25, 2021
The Tomoka Oaks community could soon gain new neighbors, as a sale of the golf
course property is pending.
In a November 2020 newsletter by the Tomoka Oaks Homeowners Association,
residents were informed that a small group of local investors were in
negotiations to purchase the property, which last sold in 2011 for $1.5 million.
The newsletter detailed that the buyers’ plans were to develop the land into a
community of single family homes.
The Ormond Beach
Observer reached out to HOA president Sergio Faenza, who
indicated that the tentative closing date of the sale is
sometime early February. The residents’ main concerns
include an increase of traffic, loss of charm, as well as
safety issues, but that the HOA is aiming to keep
communicating with the buyers to reach common ground.
“I do understand the developer’s perspective in wanting to
develop the property,” Faenza said. “I would say that as a
piece of private land, as long as the property owner was
abiding by the law and its current zoning standards –
they’re well within their rights to develop the property as
they see fit.”
The number of homes that could occupy the 130-acre property
is unknown, as it is early in the process. However, it does
have a current low density residential land use, allowing
for 4.3 units per acre.
The golf course sale isn’t surprising, said Faenza.
“Given the fact that I see the rapid growth, I just personally figured it
was honestly a matter of time before it happened,” Faenza said.
The city’s Planning Board discussed the future of the golf course at its Jan. 14
meeting. Chair Doug Thomas, who lives in Tomoka Oaks, said building
single-family homes would be a natural course of action for the new developers.
“Something’s going to go in there,” Thomas said. “Golf courses are not a viable