Management announced its temporary closure in July, stating the club would re-open in October after undergoing maintenance. “We are continuing to improve the property, but we are evaluating what other business models would be viable with the property,” Joseph Hernandez, who owns the property, said in a statement. “We value the residents’ input, but in the end this is a private property and we will do what is in the best interest of our investors.”
Gainesville (Fla.) Country Club officials announced its temporary closure in July through Facebook and webpage posts, WCJB reported. Nearly five months have passed since then and residents are waiting for an answer.
“I’d like to see someone come in and purchase the property who can treat it properly,” stated neighbor, Cynthia Brasington.
Management stated the club would re-open in October, after undergoing maintenance, WCJB reported. Several residents made clear that the owner, Joseph Hernandez, is responsible.
“I’m not entirely surprised that there’s not really a notification. I didn’t really expect them to open in October,” said neighbor Ryan Chastain-Gross. “That seemed something to say, so that people would leave them alone for a little bit.”
Residents said the facility stopped lawn maintenance for some months, WCJB reported. They worry property values will decline if the golf course is not taken care of.
“We purchased here because we wanted a country club neighborhood. We wanted to have a golfing community,” Brasington said.
They also fear the course may be redeveloped into more homes, WCJB reported. Residents urge for a stronger resident to management relationship.
“A general upkeep of the course would be appreciated and more communication with the residents,” stated Chastain-Gross.
Joseph Hernandez sent out a statement, WCJB reported.
“We are continuing to improve the property but we are evaluating what other business models would be viable with the property. We value the residents’ input but in the end, this is a private property and we will do what is in the best interest of our investors.”
According to Sunbiz, the State of Florida’s Division of Corporations, the country club is listed as an active business, WCJB reported.