At myself, that is. Yesterday I reported that leaders of Harbor Bay’s homeowners associations and businesses asked the City Council to consider swapping the Mif Albright nine-hole golf course for a similar-size swath of land that had been the site for his proposed Harbor Bay Village VI residential development.
Turns out I was so focused on typing up my stories at the meeting that I missed a kind of key detail: The council had in fact already planned to talk about making the swap in an earlier closed session.
The council had scheduled a closed-door session with its real property negotiator on Tuesday to discuss “price and terms” for the properties at 1855 North Loop Road and the golf course, and it listed the negotiating parties as the course and Harbor VI. But the item was taken off the agenda (council members Lena Tam and Marie Gilmore were both out sick).
During a later public discussion of potential uses for the just-closed course – uses that all required the city to lay out money it said it closed the course to save – the business and homeowner group that had opposed Harbor VI developer Ron Cowan’s plans to build 104 homes in the midst of the business park, led by Mayor Beverly Johnson’s onetime campaign manager, Barbara Price, asked the council to consider the swap.
Golf Commission President Jane Sullwold, who said she had long heard rumors that the land swap was slated to take place, asked the council to allow the contractor it hired to run the Chuck Corica Golf Complex, Kemper Sports, to determine if they could run the course at a profit.
Harbor VI had asked the Planning Board in May to grant it a variance to build homes at the North Loop site, which nearby businesses and homeowners vigorously opposed. The board denied the request.