Hole-in-one: Citizens group turns former Seminole County golf course into taxing district

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — In 2019, golfers played their last round at Deer Run. Since then, a citizens group called Save Deer Run has been trying to save the more than a thousand acres from development.

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This past week, the group scored a hole-in-one by collecting enough signatures from more than 2,200 residents to create a taxing district.

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That means for the next 15 years, 264 residents who live on the golf course will pay $130 more a year, and 2,009 residents will pay $65 more a year in taxes to the county to turn the course into a park.

While Deer Run will be turned into a park, the county is also in the works to buy the Wekina Golf Club in Longwood. Commissioners said it will remain a golf course because it is still profitable.

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