HI commissioners agree to return to original wording on golf regulation

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

HOLIDAY ISLAND--The Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District Board of Commissioners began their regular meeting at the District Office on Monday, July 18, 2016 with a moment of silence for the recent slayings of police officers in the nation.

After the moment of silence the BOC returned to their agenda by hashing out and rejecting a regulation suggested by an Ad Hoc Golf Committee they had appointed earlier and went back to the original wording of Regulation 2016-004.

The original regulation provided that the golf courses and the campground could be designated by the BOC as "semi-private." The rewording of the regulation in the Ad Hoc Committee's version left out the term "semi private" that was intended to make it more clear to non-property owners that they could play the courses and use the campground.

According to Commissioner David Makidon the latest version of the regulation would put the golf operation back into the same "gray zone" that the original version of the regulation was intended to clarify. The BOC voted unanimously to pass the original regulation, 2016-004.

The most common terms used for describing golf courses are; private, semi-private, open to the public and finally just public. Private means open to members and their guests only. Semi private and open to the public are similar to each other in that members (property owners) may be eligible for reduced greens fees and other advantages but non-property owners can still play. A public course means anyone can play and they are all subject to the same rules and fees.

Commissioner Dan Kees suggested that the term semi-private would change very little and that the golf operations seldom, or never, "turn down a nickel" from anyone who wants to play.

Next the BOC watched a power point presentation by Holiday Island Hospitality Association secretary B.J. Dennis in support of repurposing an unused tennis court near The Barn for use as a community garden. The idea met with support from most, followed by questions about running a water line to the tennis court, building a gravel road to the court and about who would be in charge of the operation.

Dennis said she could leave her position as HIHA secretary next year to administer the garden that she estimated to have an initial cost of about $10,000. Dennis said she thought the cost can be recouped in a year. No decisions were made.

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