People who live in the Bayside Lakes community of Palm Bay, Fla. would like to see pickleball, youth activities, and more recreation opportunities at The Majors Golf Club, which was almost turned into more than 300 homes over the summer of 2022. The current owner says the property isn’t for sale and has no comment on future plans.
People who live in the Bayside Lakes community of Palm Bay, Fla. say The Majors Golf Club is the only golf club in the city, WOFL reported. It’s now overgrown and out-of-use, and people who live nearby are fighting to restore the community staple.
“We want to keep Bayside Lakes a golf course community,” said Tony Catalono who has lived in the community for 30 years.
The golf course that so many loved is now strewn with weeds, WOFL reported. It was almost torn down and could have been turned into more than 300 homes over the summer, but the Palm Bay Zoning Board voted against it. Still, seeing the space empty and unused isn’t something people who live nearby are happy about.
“It’s been very disappointing,” said Dan Corcoran who retired in Bayside Lakes. “As a community, we really feel a real loss. We used to congregate around the golf course.”
The future of the golf course is now up for discussion with the City of Palm Bay holding a public meeting March 7 at City Hall to discuss possible future options for the once booming golf club, WOFL reported.
“We’ve got some ideas as citizens of things that we can do to not only make it a good place for golfers but also make it a good place for others within the community,” Corcoran said.
Residents said they would like to see pickleball, youth activities, and more recreation opportunities at the 18-hole course, WOFL reported. The news outlet spoke with the current owner of The Majors Golf Club who said the property wasn’t for sale and had no comment on future plans or the public meeting.
As the grass grows and the parking lot sits empty, nearby homeowners told WOFL they want to change the course of a golf course going to ruin.
“I’d be disappointed in all of us if we just let it happen,” Catalano concluded. “To look back five, 10 years and say you know we used to have a beautiful golf course, and now it’s gone because we didn’t do anything.”
The City of Palm Bay didn’t make a comment before the March 7 public workshop, WOFL reported. Anyone is welcome to attend, and Bayside homeowners are encouraged to wear red in solidarity with the golf course.
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