Vista Golf to pay off liens for unmowed weeds

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – Indian River County officials and representatives from Vista Golf have reached a settlement over the liens the facility accrued for not maintaining the property.

Vista Golf will pay the county $13,620 to cover the liens and the county’s costs from having contractors go out to the site and mow the weeds and grass. In exchange, the county will remove the lien.  

Vista Golf has also assured the county that, going forward, the property would continue to be maintained at its own expense. If the company complies for the next nine months, the county will drop Code Enforcement’s repeat violation order. That order was issued in March with a $100/daily fine.

County Attorney Alan Polackwich told County Commissioners Tuesday that having a settlement agreement between the county and Vista Golf would strengthen the county’s position to seek injunctive relief against Vista Golf in court.

The county’s Code Enforcement liens dropped in significance once a secondary mortgage was placed on the property, making it difficult for the county to pursue foreclosing on its liens.

Vista Golf’s representatives have cut a check to cover the agreement with the county.

Last month, the Board of County Commissioners directed Polackwich to determine the best course of action to get the code enforcement issue resolved.

Residents in the nearby development had complained to the county about the tall grass and weeds attracting vermin.

Commissioners expressed concerns over the grass and weeds becoming a fire hazard as well.

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