References to racism and religion on multiple levels were spray-painted in a cart path tunnel near the sixth hole at Martin Downs Golf Club in Palm City, Fla. Stanley Campbell, CEO and owner of the property, says this was the second time the course was vandalized in the same spot.
Graffiti was spray-painted in a cart path tunnel near the sixth hole at Martin Downs Golf Club in Palm City, Fla. and now the Martin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible hate crime, WPTV reported.
“The sensitivity is that of my patrons, my family, and my staff,” said Stanley Campbell, the CEO and owner of Martin Downs Country Club and Resort.
Campbell spoke with WPTV anchor Jay Cashmere via Zoom and indicated this was the second time the course was vandalized in the same spot, WPTV reported. The latest incident made references to racism and religion on multiple levels.
The sheriff’s office told Campbell there were multiple people involved, WPTV reported.
Campbell indicated his concern is that this has escalated into a very serious situation, and whoever is involved, it needs to be addressed immediately to help prevent this hatred from spreading, WPTV reported.
“When these kinds of things escalate, it’s important that parents talk to their children to at least get to them the importance and severity of the potential of this being documented as a hate crime,” Campbell said.
Campbell, who purchased the property at an auction, is one of the few African American owners of a golf course in the United States, WPTV reported.