SEMINOLE — Homeowners who oppose the redevelopment of the Tides golf course may have found a powerful ally — the USEM Community Association.
The unincorporated Seminole association has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the issues surrounding the possible development of the Tides into a community of single-family homes and condominiums. The meeting will be 7 p.m. Thursday at the Seminole Library, 9200 113th St., on the St. Petersburg College campus.
The 150-acre Tides, 11832 66th Ave. N, is still an active course. It has been bank-owned since 2009 when Wachovia, now Wells Fargo, foreclosed on it. There was about $6.8 million owed on the mortgage and other costs when the case concluded in February 2012. The Pinellas County Property Appraiser sets the assessed value at about $1.8 million.
Neighbors became upset late last year when rumors began that Arizona-based developer Taylor Morrison had offered to buy the land provided Pinellas County commissioners changed the land use and zoning to clear the way for 167 single-family and townhomes to be built.
Neighbors were galvanized and formed a group, Save the Tides, to oppose the change even before anything had been submitted to the county. Recently, they asked about annexing into the city of Seminole, hoping that council would refuse to change the zoning.
USEM, which was formed to "preserve unincorporated areas," according to its website, usemca.com, takes no organizational position on any particular issue. But its members are organized and active. They say they have a good working relationship with the county government and are willing to voice local issues to commissioners.
For information about USEM, call (727) 392-3082 or (727) 393-0187.
Anne Lindberg can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8450.