Basketball legend Michael Jordan is the principal owner of a golf course development in Hobe Sound that has been cited for fouling the St. Lucie River.
The South Florida Water Management District said in a letter delivered Feb. 2 that the developer of the golf course, called The Club in Vero Beach, violated state water-quality standards.
The water management district said in its letter that The Club in Vero Beach may be required to pay a financial penalty and to clean dirty water in the South Fork of the St. Lucie River.
The district’s letter also directed Rick Melchiori of The Club in Vero Beach to take immediate action to stop sediment runoff into the river from the golf course development. The letter, written by Wayne Blythe, the district’s natural resources administrator, gave Melchiori 10 days to respond.
According to Randy Smith, a spokesman for the district, work on a canal at the golf course development site in Hobe Sound has turned water in the South Fork of the St. Lucie River to a dark brown color.
Jordan is the principal owner of the Hobe Sound development, which will include a private 18-hole golf course, a driving range and a 9,800-square-foot clubhouse, plus maintenance facilities. [TCPalm] – Mike Seemuth