The city of Oviedo is scrambling to acquire an unprofitable golf course and turn the 310-acre property into a public park or preserve. The Twin Rivers golf course in the Orlando suburb is owned by a company called The Golf Group, which withdrew a proposal to build townhomes on the property amid opposition from nearby residents.
The city subsequently agreed to swap 52 city-owned acres for the golf course before realizing the permitted use of the land is limited to public recreation because it was purchased in 2003 with money from a state grant. Oviedo city officials may ask the state government to lift the land-use restriction. They also are considering an increase in storm water fees to pay for the Twin Rivers golf course. [Orlando Sentinel] – Mike Seemuth