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Plans for Legacy Golf Club homes approved by Manatee County commissioners

A plan to build 48 units on Legacy Golf Club, which will not affect nearby wetlands, was approved unanimously.
by: Brendan Lavell Staff Writer

Legacy Golf Club is set to build 48 homes on a 5.7-acre parcel of land near the intersection of Legacy Boulevard and University Parkway after receiving unanimous approval from Manatee County commissioners Thursday.

The wetlands at the northeast corner of the intersection will not be affected by the project, according to Schroeder-Manatee Ranch attorney Caleb Grimes. Grimes also said the units will not be visible from the Legacy Boulevard entrance to Country Club.

Legacy Golf Club part-owner Jon Whittemore plans to use the homes to generate income to help offset debt accrued from "resurrecting" the course after previous ownership groups allowed it to fall into poor condition. Whittemore also said he will use the income to fund future projects, such as replacing the course's irrigation system, which is nearing the end of its lifespan.

Grimes said the success of Legacy is important to Lakewood Ranch and Country Club. Commissioner and Country Club resident Vanessa Baugh agreed.

"If Legacy fails, it reflects on the Country Club as a whole," Baugh said.


Brendan Lavell is a general assignment reporter for the Observer. He earned degrees in journalism and history at the University of Missouri. He has visited 48 of the 50 United States, has a black cat named Arya and roots for the Eagles, Flyers, Phillies, 76ers and Chelsea FC.

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