Also: Housing development planned for Ormond-by-the-Sea
Oceanside Country Club, 75 N. Halifax Drive, a part of the community for more than 50 years, is undergoing a $5.5 million renovation. The private club is the site of the annual state of the city luncheon, civic league events, company parties, nonprofit functions and Chamber of Commerce events.
The club, which has about 600 members, was remodeled in 2013 at a cost of $1.3 million.
The interior and exterior remodeling project will include updates to handicap access, new landscaping and parking lot improvements. The project is expected to be complete by Thanksgiving.
"The updates are going to open up the interior space, enlarge the casual dining areas and add outdoor patio dining," said former clubhouse president Kathy Arnold. "It is the outside area I'm most excited about. The members have wanted that for years."
The golf course began in 1907 as an amenity for the Ormond Hotel, the hotel built in 1888 and demolished in 1992. It has been the site of the annual Women’s South Atlantic Amateur Golf Championship since 1926. Oceanside Golf and Country Club was incorporated in 1963 and the present building was constructed in 1974.
Ormond-by-the-Sea site to be developed
SVN Alliance recently negotiated the sale of an 8.1-acre residential development project in Ormond-by-the-Sea, previously known as Elena by the Sea, for $1.4 million. The site, located on the west side State Road A1A just north of Beau Rivage Drive, was previously entitled for 30 single family lots but was never developed, according to a press release from SVN.
Chris Butera, principal at SVN Alliance, negotiated the transaction representing the California-based seller, Elena IG LLC. The buyer, Lake Pointe Villas LLC, was self-represented and intends to develop the community starting later this year.
The project had been on and off the market a number of times since Elena IG LLC acquired it in 2013. Once the listing was awarded to SVN Alliance, multiple offers were received and the deal was closed in less than 120 days, the press release said. Visit www.svnalliance.com.
In the past, the site has been rumored to be the gravesite of victims of the shipwreck of the City of Vera Cruz 139 years ago off the coast of Cape Canaveral. The ocean’s currents carried bodies north, scattering them as far as St. Augustine.
However, no evidence has been found, and the bodies could have been buried anywhere along the coast. The rumor was apparently started by a statement in a book by historian Alice Strickland that mentions a general location of a gravesite.