The county’s other concerns were not specific enough to the golf course, he added. The Miccosukees, he wrote, have their own in-house personnel to oversee any building or public works issues following local standards.
“While there is always a potential for jurisdictional problems and/or land use conflicts, it is not anticipated that the unchanged use of the property will create new or unique jurisdictional issues as a result of the acquisition of the property in trust of the Tribe,” Trickey wrote.
He noted that the golf course falls within the tribe’s historical geographic range and that, while the golf and country club “continues to fall short of breaking even,” the tribe could make it profitable if it follows through with its projected decrease in expenditures and increase in revenues over the next few years.
The tribe has spent $4 million in upgrades to the property, according to Trickey, to host the annual Miccosukee Championship PGA Nationwide Tour. Planned improvements include refurbishing the irrigation system, giving the clubhouse a makeover and building a golf-cart storage area.
Several Kendale Lakes residents called the golf course a good neighbor but also expressed dismay that the zoning restriction against development on the property would be lifted.
“When we bought [our house], that’s what it was supposed to be,” longtime activist Reinaldo Martinez said of the golf course, which is about five blocks from his home.
He said that the new Miccosukee trust designation, which he learned about from a reporter, “sounds terrible. There’s gonna be one of two things: Either they’re going to do a casino or something, or they’re going to do a high rise,” he said.
Then he recalled past battles that the neighborhood has fought against the county: Over a proposed mixed-used development that commissioners eventually voted down, and over the county’s misuse of money collected from Kendale Lakes’ special taxing district.
“I’ve never seen the county look after our interests,” he said with a sigh.
Miami Herald staff writer Jay Weaver contributed to this report.