Wednesday, June 29 2022

As if a meeting between the residents of Daytona Beach Indigo Lakes and planning consultant Jim Hall wasn’t controversial enough over the golf course redevelopment, major issues during the November 16 presentation didn’t help matters. .

One thing is certain, residents want to keep the golf course

“A lot of people bought their homes because of the beautiful golf course,” said Sharon Tornatore, who came to the meeting wearing an original Indigo Lakes Country Club sweater. “Rather than developing apartments on this property, this developer could flip it over and it could be a wonderful golf course again.”

The neighborhood meeting was held at the Holiday Inn at 137 Automall Circle in Daytona Beach. The room initially planned for 50 people ended up exceeding its capacity with standing places only and additional chairs to be brought.

The microphone available for the presentation was not working so presenters and residents sometimes had to speak loudly / shout to be heard. And only an hour in total was allotted for the combined presentation and questions from residents.

Attorney Chris Roper of the Akerman law firm served as the keynote speaker. Despite constant interruptions from participants, he was able to present a slide show and describe the proposed plans for the now defunct golf course.

The owner is listed as Indigo Lakes Golf Club LP. The proposal is to install 252 single-family homes on the property, 188 townhouses, build a 120-bed assisted living facility and use 6,000 square feet for commercial purposes, 100,000 square feet for office space and 130,000 square feet. for light industry.

Of the dozens of participants, only three or four agreed that such a development should occur. By far, residents would prefer the return of the golf course, even though it is only nine holes. Some residents were willing to consider more upscale residential homes as a possibility with green space, but not the other proposed projects. Residents have expressed concern about the potential for increased traffic, water availability, more crime, flooding, and reduced property values, among others. Ongoing lawsuits were mentioned as a possible way to stop the proposed development.

Municipal Commissioner Stacy Cantu, whose area includes Indigo Lakes, was present at the meeting and distributed questionnaires to residents to complete. The questionnaire simply asked “yes” or “no” for the redevelopment, and the reason for the response. She would compile the results and present her findings to the mayor and her fellow commissioners.

Ms Cantu said after the meeting that the property had been acquired as a golf course and that many steps, including commission approval, would be required to change the zoning to accommodate the proposed project.

Ms. Tornatore’s sister bought one of the first models in development around 1979. “I inherited the house about 10 years ago. I live there full time. I seen it evolve to fade the golf course and then bought as a bar and everything. I lived there long enough to see the development there in Tangier, and I would say that day by day our biggest problem in Indigo was the apartment dwellers at Indigo Plantation Apartments at the end of the day. They don’t have the same standard of living, if you will, as the full-time residents, all of these landlords.

“We would prefer a golf course,” she said. “Second, we would prefer beautiful homes to be developed on this property. We fear that (apartments or condominiums) will devalue our homes.

Judy Van Vooren is also a resident of Indigo Lakes, having lived there for over 20 years. The former real estate broker believes the property in the area is already oversized.

“This bubble in the Daytona Beach real estate market is going to burst,” Ms. Van Vooren said. “My other serious concern is that Indigo is already in a flood zone. It will only get worse by taking away all that golf course. You can tell (this owner) bought it as an investment with no intention of keeping it. I think (all planned development) is horrible.

Ms Van Vooren would like to see a par three golf course there, she said.


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