The process to determine what direction the owner of the Killearn Country Club will head given recent developments have taken another step forward.
Barton Tuck, the current owner of the struggling Killearn Country Club, has sent a ballot to members asking them to allow him to close the North course and to give up their right to purchase the club. The exact language is:
I hereby waive the Right to Purchase contained within the Special Restrictive Covenants and authorize the owner to close the North Course provided the closure occurs by April 17, 2015. This vote is contingent upon the owner being bound by the above-referenced agreement. This waiver and permission will be void if the North Course is not closed by April 17th, 2015.
The ballot “package” was sent to members of the Killearn Country Club this week and also included a “Frequently Asked Questions” flyer which can be seen here.
The answers to the “posed” questions address a number of issues.
First, the owner promises to sign a binding agreement “when the vote passes” that will protect the remaining golf course with amendments to convents through 2061. The binding agreement will also require that proceeds from any property sale will be reinvested into club infrastructure.
Second, the owner is clear in assessing the recent lawsuit by residents on the North course as unfriendly, and goes on to say the suit “is an attempt by non-members to control KCC.”
And third, the owner makes the argument that the downturn in the economy and the state of the golf industry requires drastic measure to ensure the clubs long-term viability and adds “the owner develops and operates golf course. The owner wants to own and operate KCC; it does not want to see it wither a slow death on the vine.”
The vote is scheduled for December 18, 2014 at the club.