The County Commission today voted 4-1 to approve a formal contract for purchasing the former Dodgertown Golf Course from the City of Vero Beach. Commissioner Solari was again the lone opposing vote.
A final plan for the property is not firm, but several options were discussed. The County is awaiting completion of negotiations with Major League Baseball to take over operation of Historic Dodgertown from the O’Malleys, which could include incorporating this property into their plans. If that does not happen, several conceptual plans were presented that would maintain the green space while creating recreational and conservation uses.
While the contract represents a firm offer, final decision rests with City Council, which is currently considering a proposal from Hulbert Homes, Inc. to develop the property for commercial use. City Council will decide which offer to accept at their October 2 meeting.
One question brought up at this morning’s meeting was whether the buyer could “flip” the property and sell to a third party. The County would not consider that as an option under any circumstances. It remains to be seen if Hulbert Homes, Inc. would consider it. This story will be updated.