WATCH: Viera East Community Development District Board Unanimously Approves Purchase of 20-year-Bond
By Chris Bonanno, Senior Editor & Reporter // July 26, 2019
$11 million earmarked to put towards upgrades at the Viera East golf course and clubhouse
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: The Viera East Community District board unanimously approved a plan to purchase a 20-year bond on Thursday evening that will see more than $11 million put towards improvements at the Viera East Golf Club course and clubhouse.
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – The Viera East Community Development District Board unanimously approved a measure to purchase a 20-year bond on Thursday that will see more than $11 million raised to put towards upgrades at the Viera East golf course and clubhouse.
As part of the proposed improvements, $2.9 million would go towards clubhouse renovations, over $2 million towards a new irrigation system at the golf course and $1.1 million would be directed to bunker renovations and liners.
“This bond issue will help maintain the course and the infrastructure that the district owns which is the CDD course and charge,” said Jason Showe, district manager with Governmental Management Services, Central Florida.
At least a couple hundred residents packed the meeting, which was held in the multi-purpose room at Faith Lutheran Church, with many of them expressing their disapproval for the proposed bond, and at least some of whom are vowing to continue fighting its purchase.
“Very disappointed,” said Rob Dale, a resident of the Osprey subdivision on his reaction to the board’s vote.
“What you just experienced was a tone-deaf board that had over 90 percent opposition to a bond that the community doesn’t want but they personally benefited from it so they decided to go ahead and in a 5-0 vote, go ahead and vote it in so where we go from here is we’ll be seeking an injunction.”
“The vote may be done but the actual acquisition of the bond and spending of it is not and this is something that we can focus (on) as a community since there was overwhelming support here to not do it (purchase the bond),” said Steven Colasinski, a Herons Landing resident.
Showe noted that the meeting was different from most the Viera East CDD holds.
“I’m not surprised,” Showe added. “I understand that people have emotions to any request for money and I think it’s natural. This board appreciates residents coming out, taking the time to input. We typically have meetings where no one is present. I think this board is appreciative of the fact that so many residents came out, voiced their opinion but ultimately they’re charged with the best decision that they feel like in the interests of the CDD.”
Viera East Golf Club is an 18-hole course that opened in 1994 and the club projects 54,000 rounds will be played there for the fiscal year ending in September.
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