The True Life Companies has been hit with more than four dozen citations that could cost the developer more than $330,000 in fines for failing to properly maintain the Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course.
The developer already is on the hook for $20,000 in fines after it was found guilty of leaving the defunct 101-acre site in a shoddy state for months earlier this year.
But that Municipal Court action apparently did nothing to make the company change its practice.
City code compliance officers issued 66 citations – 33 on each for each of the two Lakes course parcels.
Each citation contains two violations – one for uncut and dry grass and weeds, dead trees and the other for accumulated litter and debris. The violations cover inspectors’ observations of the site between April 23 and May 25. A June 20 arraignment has been set.
Some Lakes homeowners have expressed concern that the dry brush and trees –– besides creating an eyesore – also pose a fire hazard that threatens homes near the course.
The mandatory minimum fine for each violation is $500, but code compliance officers already have told city Councilman Sal DiCiccio’s staff that they will seek “enhanced fines” because of True Life’s apparent refusal to clean up the site.
In the last round of court cases, inspectors convinced a judge to quadruple the $250 minimum fine for each of 20 violations filed against True Life for conditionms that prevailed at the course late last year.
Those fines have not been paid.
In an email to city Councilman DiCiccio’s staff, code compliance manager Bob Lozier said his staff had been “monitoring the property multiple days weekly” for three weeks because of the numerous complaints about uncut vegetation and garbage that DiCiccio’s office has received from Lakes homeowners.
True Life Executive Vice President Aidan Barry declined comment on the advice of the company’s lawyers.
Eileen Breslin, one of the Lakes residents who sued True Life to get the golf course restored, said, “The neighborhood has spoken repeatedly. The court has spoken decisively, and with the fines, the city has spoken with resolve. What is it the developers do not understand?”
True Life likely will be exiting Ahwatukee now that it has lost its court battle to upend land-use regulations that require the site be restored as a golf course.
Wilson Gee, the former gold course owner, has foreclosed on an $8.1 million note he gave True Life when it bought the property in 2015.
Gee has told AFN that if he ends up owning the course again, he intends to clean it up, but he has no intention of restoring the site for golf.