Future of Golf Gardens property remains uncertain
In Walton County, the future of the Golf Gardens property is still uncertain.
At Tuesday night’s board of County Commission meeting, a study on the Golf Garden's property was presented.
Based on that study, the commission decided not to approve the TDC’s purchase of the property, but to instead look into buying the property using both TDC and county funds.
The current owner of the property, Mark Kaltz, said he was disappointed by the decision.
"Through further discussion, they're looking at other ways to potentially fund a purchase of that property. I think everybody has agreed that it's a great property, but it's a matter of can we afford it and how we can pay for it and what can be done with it,” said Louis Svehla, Walton County Commission public information officer.
The study looked at the Golf Gardens property having an amphitheater or an indoor sports complex built, but the commission decided that was not a legal use of TDC funds.
The county commission will now reevaluate how they will use the property, or direct the TDC to use it, before a purchase is made.
"I think the board of county commissioners is continuing to have a conversation about the Golf Gardens property, whether that is county funds or a combination of TDC funds and county funds; they're basically going back to the drawing board on this one,” said David Demarest of Visit South Walton.
The Golf Gardens property is located in Miramar Beach near the Okaloosa and Walton County border.