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Ormond Beach Observer Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 5 months ago

Golf shop reopens after 26 years

Also: Seniors get information at festival
by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

Professional golf services and club repairs are now available at Bali Golf Co., 1360 N. U.S. 1, Suite 102. But it’s not really a new business. Father and son Jim and David Baliker operated Bali Golf in Ormond Beach from 1982 to 1993 and then sold the business.

“We’ve now returned like the Phonenix,” said Jim Baliker.

Baliker said they have bought back the maintenance equipment they had in the original shop and it has all been rebuilt. They had sold it to Legacy Golf, now going out of business. He also has modern equipment for analyzing swings. 

Baliker, 85, an active golfer with a 10-handicap, attended the Schloss Club Master School when he first opened the business.

He retired from the Army as a Lt. Colonel in 1977, but has been busy since. His wife, Joan Baliker, a local sculptor, said he has three loves, golf, cars and her.

“I’m not sure of the order,” she said with a laugh.

Baliker said he opened the business to give back to the community and share his knowledge of golf gained over the years.

“It keeps me busy,” he said.

He has many stories to share, such as making golf clubs for professional baseball players. Pitchers, he said, are usually the best golfers because they have the most time to play.

His son, David, also has a surf board business, but may take over full time if his dad ever really retires.

Call 310-8228.


Seniors get lifestyle, health information


Kevin Dubois, Marla David, Lakeshia Bell, Kevin Dubois and Marla David, of Opis Coquina Center, welcomed people to the Senior Fall Festival. Photo by Wayne Grant

Seniors got a chance to learn about local companies involved in health care, living facilities and more at the Senior Fall Festival on Oct. 24 presented by Opis Coquina Center, a rehab and nursing center; Brookdale Senior Living; and Alpha Bridge Home Health. The event at 170 N. Center St. included games, live music blood pressure checks, etc.

Among the organizations represented at the first Senior Festival were Nurses on Call Home Health Care, Halifax Health Hospice, Asset Protection LTD, YMCA, Island Doctors, Kindred Hospice, Edward James, Concierge Care and Doctors’ Choice.

“We wanted to bring the community together to show what’s available for seniors,” said Lakeshia Bell, of Opis. “We’re all getting older.”



Future Foods to get incentives


You lose some, but you win some.

Blue Coast Bakers, a company that was expected to create 300 jobs in three years with $50 million in annual revenue when it opened in 2016, closed up shop last year. There were about 20 employees a year after it opened in the a vacant building at 1899 N. U.S. 1. Local observers say it never got off the ground.

But late last year, a company called Forte Frozen Logistics moved into the 200,000-square-foot building, occupying 70,000 square feet. City Economic Director Brian Rademacher described the company as “third party logistics,” helping manufactures get products from point A to point B.

And now Future Foods Enterprises LLC will occupy 30,000 square feet.

“Future Foods is a good company and will bring in high wage jobs,” Rademacher said.

The building is owned by Northlake Capital Partners, a company in the northeast.

Future Foods is getting performance-based incentives from the city and the state.

If the company adds 50 fulltime jobs in three years, it will receive $50,000 from the city. That amount includes $30,000 the city will pay to the state as a 20% match, and the state will then allow $150,000 in tax credits. The jobs must average pay of $43,401 with benefits of $8,000.

The company will receive $75,000 from the city if it invests $4.3 million in building renovations and equipment.

The agreement is for five years and payments are not made until after the company meets the requirements.

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