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Pelican Sound Racquet Center Updates from Jim Whitmore by Rebecca Levitan Realtor

Jim Whitmore our General Manager does an excellent job of sharing updates with Pelican Sound residents.  Just thought I would share the update again regarding the new Golf Club and Racquet Center updates:
  • The Golf Club and River Club Sports Complex projects are moving along nicely. The architects, engineers and interior designers have been working together to meet the goal of having a full set of construction documents ready by the middle of September for management, committee and Board review.  Once reviewed and approved, they will be sent out in a formal competitive bidding practice with all bids due back by the middle of October.  Once all the bids are received, they will be reviewed and ranked according to the level of completion, pricing and of course physical construction timeline.  A final recommendation to the Board will be made at either the October or November Board meeting depending on the timing of all these moving parts.  The Board will then vote on the final project scope and costs before any construction would begin.  In the meantime, we still have a few governmental steps to climb to get all the final approvals for the project.  As far as the Racquet Center is concerned, everything is in place except a final sign-off from South Florida Water Management which we expect to receive by the end of August.  Once we get their approval, we can submit for a limited development order and building permits for the actual courts and pro shop.  Once submitted, we should have approvals from the Village of Estero within 30 days.  So, if everything goes according to plan, we should have all permits in place for the Racquet Center by October, which would allow us to start construction once the Board approves the final plans in October/November.  The Golf Club Complex has a little bit more of an in-depth approval process.  We will need to go in for a Development Order that will be reviewed by the Village of Estero Design Review Board and then formally recommended by them to the Village Council for approval. We will begin this process the last week of August by submitting our Development Order and formally presenting our plan to the Design Review Board at their August 23rd meeting.  Once we receive feedback and any comments from that meeting, we will incorporate any needed changes and then submit the official Development Order to the Village Council for consideration.  This whole process will most likely take 60 to 90 days, so our goal is to have the Development Order approved by the end of November. Once approved and our contractor has been selected, we can begin applying for all the building permits that will be needed so we can get them all in place so construction at the Golf Club Complex can begin the first week of April.  This is obviously a short overview of the process; I can’t tell you how many hours have already been spent getting us to this exciting point of the project. I look forward to providing you with more details as they unfold during the next few months.  In the meantime, here are some newly created renderings for the project (click here).

This is going to be a great addition to our community!!

Rebecca Levitan

I had been involved within the hospitality industry for 15 years and for the last 5 years sold inns on a national basis. We visited Estero in spring of 2010 and fell in love with the area. We went back to Maine, put the house on the market, and purchased a carriage house in Pelican Sound in September, 2010. We are excited about our new adventure and helping others achieve their dream to owning property in Florida as well!

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