Road issues

The workshop aims to clarify the issues of RSR and Harmon Road

By Reggie Connell, Editor-in-Chief

After months of unanswered questions, changing conditions, growing offerings, and mobile towers, it looks like the proposed three-way swap between the Rock Springs Ridge Homeowners Association, the Golf Group, and the Town of Apopka seems to clear up.

City Council released its agenda for the Tuesday night workshop, which includes material on the properties on Harmon Road, the communications / security tower, golf courses at Rock Springs Ridge and the Turtle Conservation Area. gopher.

The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Apopka amphitheater.

Among the items on the agenda in the discussion section are:

  • A preview of the workshop by Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson
  • RSR Homeowners Association lawyer Kurt Ardaman speaking on RSR land swaps
  • Problems related to the Master Plan and the Land Use Code concerning the exchange of private land – Michael Rodriguez
  • David Evans, speaking on behalf of the Golf Group (owners of the golf courses) will respond to the land swap proposal.
  • A discussion within the city council

Esler Golf Designs is also on the agenda in the discussion section, although no further details are given.

Esler Golf Designs (EGD) was founded in 1989 and is based in Illinois. According to its website, EGD’s specialty is “to create exemplary new golf courses in an environmentally sustainable and economically viable manner”. Much of EGD’s work involves the restoration and redesign of classic designs. Clifton, Ezell & Clifton designed the RSR layout. The vast majority of golf courses built by EGD are in Illinois and Wisconsin.

The voice of Apopka was unable to contact EGD at time of posting, despite leaving messages at two of its corporate phone numbers.

There are also five exhibits to use during the workshop:

  • Harmon Public Safety Tower Information
  • RSR development documents
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Guidelines for Accepting or Releasing Perpetual Conservation Easements
  • Letter of Intent Regarding Harmon Road from Benge Development Corporation
  • Phase I of the environmental assessment of the RSR Development site

The Benge Development Corporation recently made a bid on the Harmon properties for $ 6.5 million. Nick Nesta, an Apopka real estate agent and candidate for seat 4 of the Apopka City Commission, also negotiated four deals for Harmon, including a $ 6.55 million offer from Phillips Development & Realty. He hopes that the workshop will be able to close the subject.

“I am looking forward to this workshop as it should close this circle of Harmon Road which has been open for many months,” said Nesta. “This will benefit the entire community not only to voice their opinions and concerns, but also to hear from Council as to their views on how best to move forward with this land for the benefit of all. the citizens of Apopka. These workshops are extremely important in promoting transparency and open communication between our city council and the people of Apopka. ”

There are many questions to be answered in this two hour workshop. Among them:

  • Should the Town of Apopka sell the Harmon Road properties to the RSR HOA, the highest bidder, or not sell at all?
  • How much will it cost to move the communication / security tower or to modernize it at its current site?
  • Should RSR HOA sell the Marbled Turtle Conservation Area or create a recreation area to raise the funds needed to purchase the golf course?
  • Will it be difficult to break free from the multiple easements on this 51-acre parcel?

According to the announcement posted on the City’s website, no action will be taken during this workshop, however City Council will meet the next day, Wednesday, November 3 at 1:30 p.m. And although there is nothing on the agenda to tackle one of the topics of the workshop, the discussion could continue there as it has done on several occasions in the public comments, the report of the commissioner or the mayor.