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Repairs to keep Zephyrhills Golf Course closed

The course's old sprinkler heads and pipes need repairs costing about $67,000. The owner plans to ask the city for help.

MOLLY MOORHEAD
Published June 9, 2003

ZEPHYRHILLS - The city golf course will remain closed all summer while repairs are made to the course's aging water system.

Golf course manager Fumi Doi, who also runs Silver Oaks Golf and Country Club, plans to ask the city for help in replacing sprinkler heads and pipes, expected to cost about $67,000.

Doi couldn't be reached for comment, but City Manager Steve Spina said the golf course's reclaimed water lines are old and break frequently.

"It's antiquated," Spina said of the water system. "And they're wasting water and labor and man power by not having an efficient system."

Spina said summers are a slow time for the golf course because many of its patrons are winter residents. The course has been closing for the summer the past few years.

Utilities department head Louie Sellars said his department has helped in the past with minor repairs at the golf course and has about $50,000 in its budget for such needs. He was unsure whether City Council members would want that money to be used for the replacement pipes and sprinkler heads.

"As far as I'm concerned it could be used," Sellars said.

Zephyrhills Golf Course, a perennial drain on city resources, has had a healthy year so far. Doi has paid the city for his lease through the end of 2003, officials said.

City Council members will consider the golf course request in a meeting set for 6 p.m. Monday.

- Molly Moorhead covers news about Zephyrhills. She can be reached at 352 521-5757 or toll-free 1-800-333-7505, ext. 6108, then 29. Her e-mail address is moorhead@sptimes.com

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