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Developers eye Tides Golf Club
County official says tentative plans call for a 180-home development
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The 150-acre Tides Golf Club in Seminole is a hot topic due to the possibility that it could be redeveloped into a 180-home community. According to Pinellas County officials, at least two developers have expressed interest in the property.
SEMINOLE – At least two developers have expressed interest in pursuing county zoning and land use changes that would open the door for the redevelopment of the Tides Golf Club at 11832 66th Ave.

John Cueva, zoning manager for the Pinellas County Planning Department, said one of the two unidentified developers has indicated his company will meet the county’s Jan. 10 deadline to submit an application to make the necessary changes.

The 150-acre site, which features 1,732 feet of waterfront space on Boca Ciega Bay, is currently zoned Agricultural Estate and carries a land use designation of Recreation Open Space. Both would need to be changed to Residential Planned Development.

Cueva said tentative plans call for 2.5 units per acre, which would allow for 180 single-family homes and two-story townhomes.

“We currently have no application in hand but we’re expecting them to file by Jan. 10, which is the next deadline,” said Cueva. “If they don’t meet that deadline, the next deadline would be Feb. 14. We have deadlines every month.”

Cueva said it would be a six-month process for approval. If the developer meets the Jan. 10 deadline, the proposal would go to the Local Planning Agency April 11, back to the County Commission, May 21; Pinellas Planning Council, July 10; and back to the County Commission on Aug. 6.

Sven Nelson, general manager of the Tides, said he has heard rumors about a potential sale of the property but nothing that’s definite.

“We’ve had tons of tire kickers,” Nelson said. “There have been tons of people looking at the property. At this point, it’s business as usual at the Tides.”

According to the Pinellas County Property Appraiser’s Office, the site is owned by Redus Florida Properties LLC of Jacksonville, a subsidiary of Wells Fargo Bank.

Efforts to reach Redus officials were unsuccessful.

The golf course, clubhouse and garage have an appraised value of $1.842 million, which produced $36,804 in county ad valorem tax revenue in 2012.

The golf course, designed by David Arthur Gill, opened in 1972. The par-72 layout plays at 6,329 yards from the long tees.

The Arnold Palmer Property Management Group manages it for Wells Fargo.
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