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Orlando suburb scrambles to buy golf course

The city wanted to swap land for the the golf course but may try an alternate approach

September 24, 2016 12:00PM

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The Twin Rivers golf course in Oviedo

Twin Rivers golf course in Oviedo

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