Rock Springs Ridge Owners Approve HOA’s Proposed Sale of Gopher Turtle Conservation Area

Photo courtesy of The Apopka Critic’s Facebook page

But does it secure the purchase of RSR golf courses?

By Reggie Connell, Editor-in-Chief

The owners of Rock Springs Ridge voted 571-123 in support of a proposal from its Homeowners Association to sell a 51-acre parcel of land on Kelly Park Road owned by the HOA and labaled as a “gopher tortoise conservation area ”in multiple documents and in signage around the property.

Voting ended Monday evening at the Apopka amphitheater.

According to a letter sent by the RSR HOA with the ballot, the potential buyer is Eloise Holdings LLC of Davenport, FL – owned by Dr. Wade Foster. Foster’s bid for the property is $ 5.5 million.

The no trespassing sign hung on the fenced area of ​​the Gopher Turtle Conservation Area on Kelly Park Road.

The sale of the land in the Gopher Turtle Conservation Area would be HOA’s first step in an attempt to take control of the RSR golf course land owned by the Golf Group. But it certainly wouldn’t be the last, despite statements posted on the Rock Springs Ridge Homeowners Association website.

“The future of our community is in our hands! The website says. “We are delighted to announce that the RSR HOA now has the opportunity to purchase the golf course, debt free, with the sale of the 51 acre outplot on Kelly Park Road. This action will lessen the possibility of unwanted future development on the golf course, avoid costly legal fees AND put millions of dollars in our reserves. By becoming the owner of the golf course, this precious green space will be saved; it will belong to the residents and will be regularly maintained. Going forward, these 320 acres can be enjoyed by all residents, adding value to our entire community of homes. Rock Springs Ridge has the option of having amenities and a place to get together as neighbors and friends. We have a chance to change our future and establish our neighborhood.

On its site, the RSR HOA says that once the 51-acre outplant at 624 West Kelly Park Road is sold for $ 5.5 million, the 320-acre golf course can then be purchased for $ 2.5. millions of dollars. However, such an agreement does not exist, unless the town of Apopka swaps a piece of land it owns on Harmon Road to the Golf Group. And this part of the deal is in great question.

Also on its site, the HOA makes this claim:

“The 51-acre plot at 624 West Kelly Park Road will be sold for $ 5.5 million. The 320-acre golf course can then be purchased by RSR HOA for $ 2.5 million.

But the Golf Group did not agree to any deal to sell the golf courses for $ 2.5 million to the HOA.

In order to purchase the golf courses, the HOA would still need the Town of Apopka to swap a parcel of land on Harmon Road to the Golf Group for $ 2.5 million, and then ask the town to sell the land. HOA golf courses for the same price. This part of the deal, however, is highly questioned.

“Our community voted yes to the sale of the property, but it’s still unclear if we get the golf course,” said Rogers Beckett, a resident of RSR. “There is no written agreement with the Golf Group and the town of Apopka to trade their properties and ultimately I think this deal will trade between $ 4 million and $ 5 million.”

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