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Dec. 8, 2021 Meeting:
1. CALL TO ORDER: 9:00 AM
2. ROLL CALL: Golf Course Advisory Board Member John Pelican called the roll: Present: Member John Pelican; Secretary/FBMGA Representative, Lee Murray; FBWGA Representative, Sue Simpson; Member Jayne Paige; FBGC General Manager, Mike Cooney; FBGC Superintendent, Blaine Ellerbe; FB City Manager, Dale Martin; FB Information Technology Manager, Mary Hamburg; FB IT employee, Regina Brennan and FB City Resident, Mike Meadows. Chairperson Ricky Robbins, Jr. was not present and texted in to Mike Cooney that he was resigning effective 9:00 Wednesday, December 8, 2021.
3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Member John Pelican led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.
4. PUBLIC COMMENT: John Pelican asked Dale Martin to come to the podium to address the GCAB. Mr. Martin stayed at the podium for approximately 20 minutes and answered many questions and explained the reasons that certain decisions had been made. He explained the FB City Commissioners thinking and his about the FBGC new “No Tipping Policy”, outsourcing the F&B operations to an outside firm, the need for the FBGC to be self-sustaining as a FB Enterprise Zone, the rationale for the increased prices at the FBGC, the prospects for success for the Lighthouse Top Tracer, how the GCAB could be more influential with the FB City Commission. Mr. Martin said the “No Tipping Policy” was based on the need for integrity and trust among FB City employees. He said Ft. Walton Beach Golf Course had outsourced their F&B operation and said there is no harm in looking at different ways to run the different operations of FBGC. He said the FBGC City Commissioners had tasked him with making the FBGC a self-sustaining Enterprise zone and that was reflected in the increased prices for the different types of FBGC membership. Mr. Martin expressed optimism for the success of the Lighthouse Top Tracer and noted that many improvements were coming soon to make the Top Tracer more attractive and inviting for the public. He suggested the GCAB get more involved in the FB City budgeting process that would start in February 2022. The GCAB thanked Mr. Martin for his appearance and candor. FB City Resident Mike Meadows spoke to the GCAB about the need to fix the fence at the FBGC and the need for the GCAB to be more involved and help set priority objectives for the FB City Commission to address. He asked the GCAB to come up with a PROJECT LIST of things that the FBGC needed to do. In closing he asked that the speed bumps around the FBGC be re-painted.
5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Member Simpson made a motion to approve the November 10 GCAB Minutes, and it was seconded by Secretary Murray. Vote upon passage of the motion was taken by ayes and nays, and being all yeas, the motion carried.
6. NEW BUSINESS
6.1 FINANCIALS: Mike Cooney presented a “Sales by Department” showing Revenue for the month of November 2021. The Total Revenue for the FBGC was $95,786. He said Expenses for the month would be available on December 17, 2021. He also showed that there were 24 Unlimited Members, 53 City Memberships, 31 Non-City Memberships. He also said there was a Seasonal Membership that was not publicized very much.
6.2 Quarterly Meetings – Discussion: This topic was withdrawn by Mike Cooney.
7. MGA UPDATE: Lee Murray updated the Board on FBMGA projects and discussed an idea to have a FBMGA or FBWGA member at each FB City Commission Meetings to speak on behalf of the FBGC.
8. WGA UPDATE: Sue Simpson asked again for a Drop Zone on #7 South. She asked how to improve the Tee Boxes and the need to trim the bunkers of the high grass. There was a discussion among the members about how to prevent golfers driving the golf carts to close to the greens and Mike Cooney agreed to put signs in the golf carts saying, “NO CLOSER THAN 30 FEET FROM THE GREENS!” Secretary Murray said he would send the proposed draft minutes of our minutes to the FBMGA and the FBWGA to draw more attention to this and other matters before the GCAB.
9. MARKETING: Mike Clooney discussed some advertising opportunities he was pursuing with the Ritz Carlton that he though would be beneficial to the FBGC and especially the Lighthouse Top Tracer. He also discussed the ongoing advertising in Mint Magazine and Amelia Now Magazine.
10. AGRONOMY UPDATE: FBGC Superintendent Blaine Ellerbe updated the GCAB on the efforts he and his staff were taking to address the Nematode issues. He discussed the much better working relationship with the City of FB and how they were helping with stormwater issues at the FBGC. He discussed the efforts to reduce mole crickets, grub and how you need to disturb their food chain. He discussed the spot tracking on the greens to remove weeds, and how the staff were now rolling the greens on a more frequent schedule. He said they were looking into how best address the need to trim trees on 1S, 8S and 8N.
11. ADJOURNMENT: A motion to adjourn was made by Member Simpson, seconded by Member Paige. Vote upon passage was taken by yeas and nays, and being all ayes, the motion carried.
Submitted by Lee W. Murray, GCAB Secretary