… Port Orange bought a parcel along the Spruce Creek waterway in 2005 for $1.54 million with access to the water. The city built a dock and set up the land, but the property had no road access, since the nearby Sanctuary at Spruce Creek Homeowners Association would not grant the city access to the land through its private roadways. The parks advisory board and city leaders are still trying to figure out how best to use that 15 acres — known as the Russell property — more than 15 years later. Even at a recent city meeting, there was still no clear path in sight….
— Hank Springer hopes that the preservation of beautiful Spruce creek is not connected with back room plans to financially reward developers.
The city of Port Orange had bought the land on Spruce Creek from a developer and after buying the land built “the dock to nowhere”.
Mr. Russell had built a clubhouse for a Port Orange HOA community back around 1978 and in 2016 it was discovered that the clubhouse did not have the necessary permit from the City of Port Orange, so the clubhouse has been closed to the community for 2 and a 1/2 years as of 8 18 18.
The city of Port Orange is in the process of building a Riverwalk park and in the deal for a city park is the requirement that allows a developer to build two 17 story condominiums right smack in the middle of the park.
The public should watch these plans for Spruce Creek as they proceed and keep the fingers crossed. Developers and city governments often work in mysterious ways.
—- sincerely and honestly , Hank Springer, 1112am 8 8 18