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Board of County Commissioners Approves Purchase of Deer Run and Wekiva Golf Courses

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (December 15, 2021) – Yesterday, at the regularly scheduled Seminole County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) meeting, the Contract for Sale and Purchase of the former Deer Run Golf Course property and the Wekiva Golf Club property was approved for a total purchase price of $13,775,000. Public meetings for each property will be announced in the spring to discuss planned improvements and hear from the community.

ABOUT WEKIVA GOLF CLUB
Wekiva Golf Club will continue operations as a golf course and remain open during the ownership transition. Golf operations and maintenance management will be contracted by Down to Earth Golf LLC. Down to Earth Golf oversees more than 600 holes of golf, with thirteen branch offices across Florida and headquarters in Maitland. The County will work alongside Down to Earth to address any immediate remediation and maintenance issues. 

A newly created enterprise fund specifically for the Wekiva Golf Course will be implemented following today’s Board action. For more information, visit seminolecountyfl.gov/wekiva.

ABOUT THE DEER RUN GOLF COURSE PROPERTY
The former Deer Run Golf Course property will be converted to a passive park over time and will include a future renovation of the clubhouse building. The BCC executed an ordinance creating the Seminole County Former Deer Run Golf Course Property Stabilization Municipal Services Benefit Unit (MSBU), a non-ad valorem tax assessment for nearby residential properties. In October, 67.3% of residences voted in favor of the MSBU ordinance.

Deer Run MSBU contributions will amount to $2,310,000 over 15 equal annual installments, which is 15.3% of the total estimated costs for the property purchase and Phase 1 Park Development. Installments will be collected via property tax bills beginning with tax year 2022. Residents will benefit from the public open park space and improvements to drainage and other essential maintenance and infrastructure. For more information, visit seminolecountyfl.gov/deerrun.

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