MARATHON -- Redevelopment at the Sombrero Country Club received its second vote of confidence from the Marathon City Council July 22, after ownership agreed to keep the golf course and tennis courts open to the paying public.
The principals representing the property, which has rebranded itself as the Florida Keys Country Club, had no objection to the stipluation, saying that was their intention anyway.
A continuation of the $200 player's card is the plan thus far at the 18-hole golf course, said developer Peter Rosasco. That gives local residents year-round access to the golf course near mile marker 50, but greens fees are additional. The course, which first opened in 1965, features 6,469 yards of golf for a par of 72.
The redevelopment project's first phase includes onsite workforce housing and water management areas. The second phase includes changes to the resort area and new cottages. Then comes the hotel and front nine holes of the golf course.
The Jo-Jo's and Nomad Outfitters redevelopment plan also passed last week on second reading.
A resolution regarding political signs was amended by the council so that candidates' signs would not have to be taken down between the August primary and November regular elections.
Due to the dates of the elections, a gap of about a week would have existed in which candidates who won the primary would have had to remove and later re-install their signs.
While not everybody likes political signs cluttering the rights-of-way, the democratic process would be enhanced by allowing the signs to be posted and remain in view the entire election season, the council determined.
When the council meets next on Aug. 12, it will be able to review some of the design plans for the new city hall, City Manager Mike Puto said. The council is expected to give input on floor plans and office space.
Vice Mayor Chris Bull asked Puto to provide monthly city hall status reports to the council.