Law firm says involve third party to preserve golf course

A legislation organization employed by the town of Naples final year endorses the city involve a 3rd-social gathering land trust in the easement agreement that would preserve the golfing course at the Naples Beach front Lodge & Golfing Club.

Tallahassee-based mostly law company Ausley McMullen explored options for the perpetual preservation of the Naples Seashore Hotel’s very well-known championship golf class as the resort undergoes redevelopment by The Athens Team. 

The metropolis retained the agency in September 2020 for an preliminary $50,000 and authorised an additional $50,000 in November 2020. At a community assembly Wednesday, the city unanimously authorized a 3rd $50,000 for the business to complete negotiations on the task. 

Golfers putt on the green at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

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“A successful consequence would necessarily mean some level of negotiation, which Ausley would be helping in, with The Athens Team on the structure and the variety of the easement as nicely as performing with regardless of what 3rd occasion is identified,” Councilman Ray Christman mentioned at Wednesday’s town council conference. 

Ausley McMullen submitted a report to the city in January detailing doable instructions the town could go for preservation. 

Out of 4 attainable options, Ausley McMullen in the report advised that Naples go after a “statutory conservation easement to a land belief with third-bash suitable of enforcement” for the metropolis.

A statutory conservation easement provides a lot more certainty for the reason that of goods dealt with beneath Florida statutes these as “validity, enforceability, assignment and period,” the Ausley McMullen report states. 

Golfers take to the course at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Rounds of golf played across the country were up 13.9 percent in 2020 over 2019, largely due to an increased demand for outdoor activities during the pandemic.

Naples City Attorney Jim Fox advised the Metropolis Council at Wednesday’s public assembly that a have faith in has been determined. Some lawful troubles continue to require to be labored out, he advised metropolis council. 

“Once we know what the parameters are that are probable, we will occur back to you and make a decision what you want to do,” he mentioned. 

In 2019, when the former Naples Metropolis Council accredited the plans to redevelop the Naples Seaside Resort residence, it recognized an easement from The Athens Group to assure preservation of the golfing course.