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Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 9:29 am

Just two months away from a deadline set to close The Lakes Golf Course and organizers of the Save the Lakes group say they haven’t heard a word from the owner of the property.

Wilson Gee, of RMJ Property Inc., spoke to the Save the Lakes group in October of 2012 and explained his plans to close the golf course and develop at least half the land into high-end apartments. He told the group then that he was planning to close the golf course on June 1, 2013, once the season was over unless an agreement could be reached.

Ben Holt, president of the Save the Lakes group, said since then he has not heard from Gee.

“There are lots of rumors circulating, but nothing that has any real substance as far as we know,” he said. “Our position at this point is the ‘ball’ is in Gee’s court. He knows our position. We can only wait for him to respond to us or to make some kind of move. We recognize his right to close the course because he is the owner, but we will continue to be very vigilant about the maintenance of the grounds if he chooses to close. We are fully prepared to take any steps necessary to defend the CC&Rs governing the use of the golf course.”

City Councilman Sal DiCiccio said he has met with Save the Lakes and has made a commitment to help them in any way he can, but added that it’s is a civil issue that will most likely end up being fought out in court unless Gee changes his mind.

“Unfortunately, it’s a civil issue between two property owners,” DiCiccio said. “The city doesn’t have the capital to buy The Lakes Golf Course or the money to maintain it. We’re looking to get rid of golf courses. That was one option. The other was if they go dry the city would enforce code to make sure there’s no hazard there. It doesn’t give them all the answers they’re looking for.”

The city has already stepped in to make sure trees are trimmed to code.

Save the Lakes has nearly 200 members. Organizers are asking members to pledge funds to help protect the neighborhood’s CC&Rs, which state that the land must be a golf course.

For more information on the group and its meeting, call Holt (480) 598-3468.

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