Your Tax Money Will Bulldoze State Parks, Pay For The Creation of Golf Courses

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It's no secret that Florida's in a bit of trouble. Our people are miserable, our interwebs are clogged with sluts, we've lost our houses, and we're broke. And what'll turn it around? Golf!

At the urging of our golf-crazy gazillionaire governor and his trusted advisor, Jack "The Golden Bear" Nicklaus, State Rep. Pat Rooney (R., West Palm Beach) and Sen. John Thrasher (R., Jacksonville) have unveiled House Bill 1239 and Senate Bill 1846, respectively, which authorize the building of ten golf courses across the state. Who will pay for them? You will! And where will they go? Smack-dab in the middle of state parks!


Assuming The Orlando Sentinel's right with its chronology, and there's no reason to suppose it's not, here's what went down:

Jack "The Golden Bear" Nicklaus, the former golfing great and long-time resident of Palm Beach County, recently sat down for a little chat about economic stimulus with Governor Scott. Nicklaus suggested that golf might be a partial cure for Florida's economic woes. After all, golf has done wonders for Jack Nicklaus's economy. Why not share the love?

After the meeting with Scott, Nicklaus took his embryonic economic initiative to Rep. Rooney. Why Rooney? Well, Rooney represents Palm Beach County, which has been Mr. Nicklaus's home for many years -- and Rep. Rooney chairs the Palm Beach County Golf Association. A sympathetic soul!

What happened next is a little foggier -- how the notion was passed from Rooney to Thrasher will, I hope, become clearer in the coming days. What is known is this: We now have two bills before us that suggest bulldozing what looks like approximately 2,000 acres of state parkland for ten golf courses -- all designed, according to the bill, by Jack Nicklaus himself. (He has a nice sideline as a golf course developer.) And what will this Linkage Archipelago be called? "The Jack Nicklaus Golf Trail of Florida."

The construction is supposed to be eco-friendly, but that promise comes wrapped in a whole mess of ominous portents. According to 1239:

Each public golf facility shall include, at minimum, an 18-hole public golf course, a practice area, a clubhouse with limited food and parking, and a golf course maintenance building. The public golf facility shall be designed and built in an environmentally sensitive manner and be open to the general public. The public golf facility may include a hotel to enhance the benefit to the tourism industry.

Didja catch that? House Bill is 2,203 words long, and this is its only concession to Florida's long-suffering ecoystems -- and it's sandwiched between a parking lot and a hotel.
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11 comments
Paul
Paul

Jack and Rick can go screw themselves. F'n idiots.

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

Can we get rid of this crook yet?

Guest
Guest

That's so strange that powerful white conservative would want more golf.

Florida Enviro Ally
Florida Enviro Ally

The destruction of environmentally sensitive publicly owned lands to benefit a small minority that has plenty of places in Florida already to hit little white balls is ridiculous. Also illegal is the sole sourcing of the golf course design work to Nicklaus. Is this the legacy Jack 'the Golden Bear' Nicklaus wants to leave as an anti environmentalist? He will be maligned for this and it will do undue damage to his image and brand.

ErinHilburn
ErinHilburn

BKT: Is there anything we can do to prevent this bill from passing, or are we pretty much screwed? I don't golf, and I don't want anyone effing with my state parks.

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

and the first public employee "layoffs" always seem to be Parks & Recreation employees. See a pattern here anyone? Why don't we just get back to the feudal state complete with a caste system. Spiraling down and out of control.

Mrhappi
Mrhappi

I thought you lefties loved crooks?

Mrhappi
Mrhappi

That's so they can play more golf with their powerful liberal buddies.

Get a clue, 'Guest'. When it comes to this sport, dump the bogus stereotypes and clownish fables spewed my the media and Huffington Post.

Why don't you ask President Obama what he thinks about it? After all, he's black and he doesn't play go.... whups, yes he does!

Personally, I'd rather see the money go towards an all-out statewide Rails-to-Trails program that also links the parks. Throw in some cabins for rent at the parks for the travelers.

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

From all I can see, its the repubs that are openly represented by crooks. Scott was found guilty of defrauding medicare and his patients. West was found to be a torturer. An thats just here in Florida.

Brandon K. Thorp
Brandon K. Thorp

I don't really see this as a Republican/Democrat issue, or a conservative/lib issue. It's more of a guys-who-like-golf-want-to-use-public-land-for-their-own-glorification issue.

That said, I don't think you read the article, or the bill. If you had, you'd have seen that the bill recommends the building of, not only cabins, but entire hotels on the parkland.

- BKT

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