By Neil Bass
Following the backlash from the May 4 North Springs Improvement District (NSID) board meeting, East Coast Builders and a local church organization held behind-the-scenes discussions to plan a lobbying effort for a large commercial development to be built on the Heron Bay Golf Course.
Following closed-door agreements between the parties and the insistence of a local spiritual leader, a large contingent of members of the religious organization are expected to attend the next NSID board meeting on June 1 and come out in favor of East Coast Builders.
Obviously, East Coast promises to build several structures for the religious organization, including a place of worship. The religious organization, which is now embroiled in political activities, is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and is tax-exempt.
NSID’s selection of East Coast Builders to develop 70 acres of Heron Bay Golf Course continues to meet overwhelming opposition from Parkland residents. Opponents of the East Coast plan filled the NSID boardroom on May 4 to denounce an estimated 725,000 square feet of retail space.
Although a $32 million bid and proposal from Toll Bros./Konover South received overwhelming support from the community, NSID mysteriously selected a $21 million bid by East Coast during their April 27 meeting.
The $11 million difference will be supported by higher tax assessments for the 40,000 homes in the NSID district, which includes Parkland and Northern Coral Springs. Additionally, the East Coast’s Medallion Mall would never receive the approval from Heron Bays residents, which is needed to lift the covenant allowing construction before 2028.
Although the NSID states that it only grants the right to negotiate, it makes no sense to start negotiations with the lowest bid on a plan without details. The only obvious conclusion is that the decision was based on the close and well-documented relationship between NSID and East Coast Builders.
We must put an end to this injustice and this financial burden and take action! Come to the NSID Board Meeting on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at 9700 NW 52nd St., Coral Springs at 5:00 p.m. in the NSID meeting room.
You can speak at the meeting or choose not to, but it is essential that we pack up the house. Our numbers will show the NSID board that we do not accept east coast builder selection.
The NSID and East Coast plan to redevelop the Heron Bay Golf Course into a major retail and dining destination would draw throngs of people to our city. To see www.stophbstores.com.
Some of us have chosen not to live near the Boca Mall, including members of Citizens Against Golf Course Redevelopment, Inc. (CAGCRI) who have taken legal action to prevent development of the golf course.
With five and a half years remaining on the 30-year restriction on the Heron Bay Golf Course Deed, the NSID appears to be ignoring the restriction as it attempts to sell the 70-acre parcel to the East Coast. The covenant, however, prohibits any type of construction on the golf course until at least December 2027.
Have questions? Do not hesitate to speak to the CAGCRI lawyer to find out more about your rights and about this case. Joe Garrity is available by phone at 954-331-1294 or by email at [email protected].
Neil Bass has lived in Heron Bay in Parkland since 2012. Neil is a Chartered Accountant and owns a business tax consultancy firm called Bass Tax Group. Neil lives with his wife, Leslie, and two children.
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