by Dalton Carver
After several months and meetings, commissioners still haven't decided to release a county-held water bond. Negotiations are inching closer toward a conclusion, but it will take at least one more Board of County Commissioners meeting next week to finalize the release, and relations between the opposing parties aren’t getting any better.
A small group of Fairway Pines residents oppose release of the bond to the golf course, but the golf course said it’s more than proved its right to the water with a recent settlement and improvements to water infrastructure in the area.
Commissioners were also split on a proposed condition of the bond release, which will be decided next week.
Sessions discussing the water bond release began in September and continued through meetings in October and December. The county has held the water bond since 2005 when it was forfeited by Fairway Pines Development.
At the session in December, commissioners made it known the bond, which is worth a little more than $75,000, should be used in the spirit of its initially intended purpose – to...