It may cost a bit more to swing the clubs at the Cypress Head Golf Club in Port Orange.

It has been six years since the fees were raised. That streak likely ended by a vote of the Port Orange City Council Oct. 5.

In response to a text, City Manager Wayne Clark explained, “The fee changes were to the maximum limits that our management company (KemperSports) can charge.” In other words, KemperSports has the flexibility to adjust the fees, based on market and course conditions, but cannot go higher than the maximum fee. Adjustments can begin immediately.

Highlights to the new fee structure: Green fees per person could climb from $46 to a max of $57.50, green fees for juniors per person could go from $17 to as high as $21.75, a 12-month trail pass at $1,500 could now max out at $1,875 and a new six-month trail pass will be charged at 60% of the yearly trail pass fee.

Bob Duquette of KemperSports, the management company of the city-owned course, updated the City Council on the status of the golf club. He reported July revenue was higher than the projected budget. August came in at even and while the final revenue numbers for the fiscal year, ending Sept. 30, have not been tallied, the golf course will have a positive cash flow.

The supply chain issues that have affected consumers is also affecting the golf industry. It isn’t only certain foods, clothes and computer chips that have been slowed, but golf balls and golf shirts as well. Mr. Duquette explained they have had to wait as long as two and a half months for golf balls to be delivered to the golf shop. Other miscellaneous items have also been delayed.

Despite that, the Cypress Head Golf Club recently won a Hometown News 2021 Reader’s Choice award.

On the same evening Cypress Head received a financial boost, the vision of what Riverwalk Park will be was also given a boost. By a unanimous vote of 5-0 the council agreed to minor changes in the city code, allowing the entirety of about 35 acres to be developed for mixed use. Walking along the Halifax River, entertainment (bars, lounges, nightclubs, restaurants) business, a marina and residential to a maximum of 32 dwellings can now be considered for any area within the park.

The restaurant under construction, Fysh Bar and Grill, originally set for a December opening, is now scheduled to open in early 2022. Supply chain issues have crept in here as well as the developers have waited for building materials to be delivered. The developers have also been slowed by a labor shortage. Still, the restaurant is planned to be the biggest in Volusia County.

Mayor Don Burnette issued two proclamations. One was in recognition of Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month. The proclamation was presented to Dr. Peter Martin, president of the Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Port Orange campus.

The second was issued in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month. “Domestic violence remains a pervasive issue across Volusia County, the United States and the world.,” Mayor Burnette said. “In Volusia County approximately 10 people per day are physically abused by an intimate partner.”

The mayor praised individuals and organizations in Port Orange, who, “Play a part in supporting people impacted by domestic violence, providing services including therapeutic, legal, educational, housing, advocacy, and medical services.”

In presenting the proclamation to Odetta Horruitiner, the Port Orange Police Department’s victim advocate coordinator, Mayor Burnette stated, “It is a crisis, it has been and it always will be. And the only thing we can do is be ready at any given time to meet the challenge. And we do that in part by awareness.”

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