BOCC may delay West End development item  

West End Golf Club continues deterioration
The West End Golf Club has been closed since 2019. (Photo by Suzette Cook)

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) may delay the West End development hearing scheduled for Tuesday to Oct. 11, according to a county email.  

The Monday email said County Manager Michele Lieberman will recommend the delay because of anticipated impacts from Hurricane Ian, but the email lacked details on what effects would require the rescheduling.  

The BOCC will hear and vote on Lieberman’s recommendation at the start of Tuesday’s meeting.  

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Alachua County voted against the previous West End Golf Club development plan that came before the dais in April. In May, the developer decided to delay returning to the BOCC until all five seats were filled. 

The abandoned golf course on Newberry Road has continued to enliven neighbors, prompting several protests at the property and feedback during meetings. The business closed in 2019.  

Residents want the 75-acre site to remain recreational and green. But, the BOCC turned down the previous development plan because the proposed housing wasn’t dense enough. 

Also on Tuesday’s agenda, Alachua County will discuss purchasing a 202-acre property along the Santa Fe River for just under $1 million. Staff will also give an update on the $15 million broadband plan the county financed with American Rescue Plan Act funds.  

The commissioners will vote on a final 2023 millage rate and budget as well.  

The meeting starts at 11:30 a.m. with public comment at noon and an evening session starting at 5 p.m. 

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